Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey

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  • Closed May 4, 2011
  • Regular Hours:
    M-F 10:30am - 6:30pm,
    Sat-Sun 10:00am - 6:30pm

On February 5, 2011, The GRAMMY Museum will debut the major special exhibit, Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey. Based on the ARIA Multimedia Entertainment large-format book of the same name, Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey is one of the first major museum exhibitions to explore the four-decade history of Hip-Hop in America and the genre's impact on the world. The exhibit will be featured in the museum's second floor temporary exhibit gallery.

Visitors will learn about the history of Hip-Hop through interactive mixing and listening stations, video footage, rare photographs and original artifacts, including:

  • Original, handwritten song lyrics by rapper Tupac Shakur
  • LL Cool J TROOP suit and Kangol hat
  • Run DMC leather jacket and pants worn during Walk This Way performance with Aerosmith
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff Homebase Tour jacket
  • Grandmaster Flash turntables
  • Hip-Hop sneaker gallery from the private collection of Hip-Hop recording artist Everlast
  • and much, much more!

Also featured in the exhibit is A Moment In Hip-Hop History, a series of short videos that highlight the history and contributions of Hip-Hop's leading pioneers and legends such as Grandmaster Flash and The Furious 5, Run DMC, LL Cool J, N.W.A and Outkast. The vignettes are produced by Alex Mejia and Felicia "The Poetess" Morris to educate and enhance an urban culture that's had a global impact on communities throughout the world.

Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey will be on display at The GRAMMY Museum from February 5, 2011 through May 4, 2011. Public and educational programs related to Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey will be announced throughout the duration of the exhibit.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011; 7:30pm
Monday, April 4, 2011; 7:30pm
Monday, April 12, 2011; 7:30pm

The GRAMMY Museum is pleased offer a three-session mini-course designed to introduce and explore the essential elements and basic history of Hip-Hop, which has been a part of America's pop music scene for the past quarter century. By presenting seminal recordings and important artists and viewing key videos and documentary passages, An Introduction to Hip-Hop will serve as a primer for anyone wishing to understand the basic components of the music and its culture. The classes are FREE to the public.