The Smithsonian Museums are home to a number of materials that illuminate the history of hip-hop and rap music. In anticipation of the Smithsonian's upcoming anthology of rap music, the museum has compiled this online exhibit of photographs, boom boxes, album covers, and other items that may be for interest to hip-hop fans. These items include a 1979 flier for a Bronx rap battle featuring Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel; a 1988 photograph of KRS-1 and Ms. Melodie; the boom box carried by the character Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing; and a photograph of Jay-Z taken by Dan Winters. Each item in this collection is accompanied by a short description and cataloging information.
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