A first-of-its-kind collector’s item, the Anthology captures hip-hop's evolution from its earliest days in the late 70s to today’s contemporary artists (1979-2013). It features 9 CDs with 129 tracks, and a 300-page, coffee-table book with 11 essays and never-before-seen photographs and designs by Cey Adams, artist and founding creative director of Def Jam.
From the outset, we wanted the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap to be reflective of the culture, of the music, of the people, of everything that is part of hip-hop. Dwandalyn R. Reece "Producer's Note," Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap
Five Things to See: The Fashion of Hip-Hop
Five Things to See: The Technology of Hip-Hop