The National Museum of African American History and Culture is partnering with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings,the non-profit record label arm of the Smithsonian Institution, to create the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap. The box set “will be a tool for education as it explores hip-hop’s evolution and global influence” through ” a 9xCD release that will come with a 300-page book of essays and rare photos that correspond with over 120 tracks.”
The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap will be the first collection of its kind to include music from all the major labels as well as dozens of independent record labels. This will be the third major anthology produced by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings following the Anthology of American Folk Music and Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology. The collection is seeking funds via Kickstarter. Rewards included Limited-Edition Adidas Sneakers hand-painted by artist Cey Adams, Questlove-led Museum Tour in Washington DC & 33″ x 55″ full color print of Public Enemy album artwork by B.E. Johnson.
“The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap will illustrate different social and political trends within the genre, such as police brutality, feminism, and Afrocentrism. The Anthology was developed by the Smithsonian in collaboration with an advisory board comprised of members of the hip-hop community including artists Chuck D, MC Lyte, Questlove and 9th Wonder; industry veterans Bill Adler and Bill Stephney; author, journalist and music critic Jeff Chang; and university scholars and authors Adam Bradley (University of Colorado, Boulder), Cheryl Keyes (UCLA) and Mark Anthony Neal (Duke). “