Emerging in the year 1973, hip-hop is an urban genre birthed in the Bronx, New York that reflected the voices of Black and Latino youth. MoPOP’s permanent collection of artifacts recognizes hip-hop as a cultural art form that highlights the five elements of hip-hop; DJing, MCing, graffiti art, B-boying/B-girling and knowledge of self. MoPOP’s early hip-hop collection contains more than 1,300 artifacts spanning from 1973 to 2000 that capture essential and early moments during the cultural force’s birth.
MoPOP’s permanent collection includes hip-hop flyers, urban street wear fashion, classic vinyls, manuscripts, handwritten lyrics, photographs, graffiti materials, and technical instruments. The development of the museum’s collection also highlights hip-hop as a global popular culture phenomenon housing items from hip-hop-related movies, urban street fashion, oral histories, and television.
Thank you to Bank of America for the generous sponsorship of the early hip-hop portal.
The digital archival work of MoPOP’s early hip-hop collection is supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.