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Hip-hop is all around us.
Get a closer look at hip-hop’s evolution, its diverse voices, unique styles and fashions, and influence beyond music. At November’s Pop+, we’ll explore hip-hop’s five elements—DJing, MCing, Breakin’, Graffiti and Knowledge—that gave voice to the voiceless and inspired a new music genre that journeyed from the fringes of American pop culture to its epicenter.
Free to the public
Tupac’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” handwritten essay will come out of the vault for one day; a piece of American social commentary that is as relevant today as it was in 1992 when he first penned it.
THE DANCE EXPERIENCE
Dance performances curated by regionally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Tracey Wong. Formally trained in waacking, vogue, and hip-hop, she is currently a contributing choreographer for the all-female street styles group called The CRUW.
A mind-blowing, head bobbing performance from the NW Portablists, a crew of DJs— DJ D’Lemma, DJ Flip D’skript, DJ Jointz and DJ JFlex—that make music using portable turntables.
Ayo is a Nigerian-born emcee in the Seattle Area with a style that is versatile, yet poignant and hard-hitting. An unmistakeable delivery that is both captivating and engaging.
THE SNEAKER GAME
There is bond between Hip-Hop and Sneaker Culture. Hip-Hop artists went from being fans of sneakers to brand ambassadors, and finally, the designers. And through these designs, many say, they tell their stories.
Curated by artist, Barry Johnson, get a chance to design or decorate a shoe that tells YOUR story.
CURATED MUSIC VIDEOS ON THE BIG SCREEN
Get lost in a massive mix of Hip-Hop music videos: from the east coast to the west coast, Nigeria to South Korea, experience the diverse sounds and artists from around the world.
Included with Museum Admission
FRESH DRESSED DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
11:00AM & 3:00PM
JBL Theater at MoPOP
Fresh Dressed is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls.
IF YOU DON’T KNOW, NOW YOU KNOW
Discover fun Hip-Hop facts connected to some of the gallery artifacts on display throughout our museum and its different exhibits.
MoPOP Staff Picks
The Best Hip-Hop Features
The Women of Hip-Hop
That Conscious Hip-Hop
MoPOP Jukebox: 2pac (Explicit)