The Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture is working to preserve the history of hip-hop.
The influence of the music genre can be heard worldwide.
It began as inner-city culture and grew to be mainstream. Now, historians want to tell the story.
“Hip-hop is just one of those stories that fits in with our national heritage,” said Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
The museum currently features photos, records and memorabilia about music's role in black communities.
Now, the museum wants to add to that collection.
Staff said the focus is on the cultural, social and historical significance of hip-hop.
“Hip-hop is very much in the moment. It's been around for 40 years and reflects several generations at this time so it's a natural outgrowth of what we support,” said Reece.
Right now, the museum is using an online campaign to raise more than $250,000.
That money will be used to produce the Smithsonian Anthology of hip-hop and rap.
Artists like MC Lyte, Chuck D, and Questlove worked with industry insiders on the project.
It includes photos, essays, and more than 120 tracks to help document history.
Reece said the goal is to release the box set by the end of 2018.
(This story was originally published on Nov. 10, 2017)
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