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As a musical, cultural and social force of the last 40 years, hip-hop is taking its place in the Smithsonian — an institution devoted to preserving and documenting our nation’s heritage. Smithsonian has started a Kickstarter with the goal of raising $250,000 by November 16th to create “Smithsonian’s Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap,” which will celebrate hip-hop!

MC Lyte, Chuck D, Questlove Of The Roots are among-st the few elite Hip Hop heads who are involved with the anthology. The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap will be the first collection to include music from every major label and dozens of independent label recordings. The anthology explores important issues and themes in hip-hop history, and it provides a unique window into the many ways hip-hop has created new traditions and furthered musical and cultural traditions of the African diaspora.


  • More than 120 tracks on 9 CDs;   
  • A 300-page book with 10 essays, extensive track-by-track liner notes, and never-before-published images;   
  • A 9th Wonder Digital Remix based on Smithsonian Folkways’ catalogue, available exclusively from the Smithsonian through this Kickstarter!

“The campaign is one of the most important projects on contemporary history that Smithsonian will ever undertake,”-Lonnie G. Bunch III, Museum’s Founding Director. “Hip-Hop helps us to understand the power of black music & the impact of African American culture on the world,” stated by Bunch.

“I think a project like this is really important because it sort of encapsulates a time period for a genre of music as well as a culture that has taken off in such a huge way,” said MC Lyte. “The speed at which hip-hop has moved can somewhat lead up to a place where we can forget the roots. And so a project like this helps us stay in tune with the truth and with the history of hip hop.”

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If you would like to donate any amount of money, you could go onto:  Donors will have a chance to get the anthology before it arrives in stores, and at a reduced cost. Donors can receive rewards through the Kickstarter campaign, including a set of hip-hop trading cards to a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture led by a curator and Questlove.

Published By: Marcus Blueitt (Intern)

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