Hot! The Smithsonian To Produce a History of Hip-Hop Anthology


The initiative will be spearheaded by Chuck D and MC Lyte.

Thankfully, the importance and value of hip-hop will be recognized by The Smithsonian Institution. The initiative will be led by Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and Brooklyn’s MC Lyte—two foundational hip-hop members.

The shrine will be composed of a nine-CD, 300-page anthology exploring hip-hop’s storied past. The anthology will be comprised of over 120-tracks, 10 essays, and never before seen photographs. Chuck D and MC Lyte aim to raise $250k by November 16th. All pillars of hip-hop will hopefully be represented.

This project makes the the third recognition by the Smithsonian of American music, succeeding The Anthology of American Folk Music and Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology.


Zach H