Museum director Lonnie G. Bunch III says the anthology will highlight “the power of black music and the impact of African American culture on the world.”
Legendary hip-hop artists are joining forces to create an extensive anthology that will serve as a retrospective of the genre, NBC News reported.
Chuck D, MC Lyte, Questlove and other music artists are collaborating with the Smithsonian to launch a Kickstarter for the project, the news outlet said. The anthology will capture the essence of hip-hop history and highlight how its culture has left an indelible mark on the world. It will feature CDs, a 300-page book, thought pieces penned by artists, and rare photos that have been featured in exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The project will delve into hip-hop’s early beginnings in the 70s and how it transformed into a form of expression for many people during troubling social and political times in America. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is organizing the anthology and curators Dwandalyn Reece and Huib Schippers are spearheading the project, the source reported. They set a goal of accumulating at least $250,000 through the crowdfunding campaign
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