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In August of 1973, DJ Kool Herc and his sister Cindy threw a back-to-school party in the Bronx that changed the music game forever. And in case you missed it, this year, 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. If you're looking for ways to educate and celebrate, you can kick off your journey by visiting MoPop to experience their Contact High exhibit, up now through January 7, 2024.

From MoPop's website:

They say a picture’s worth 1,000 words, and that’s especially true of one of music’s most language-conscious genres: hip-hop. Contact High explores four decades of photography, from the late 1970s to today, documenting a revolution not just in music, but in politics, race relations, fashion, and culture. Through more than 170 iconic images of hip-hop's most influential artists (Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Tupac, and more) — including contact sheets that give us a rare glimpse into the creative process of a photo session — Contact High examines the evolution of hip-hop, connecting us with the experiences, identities, and places that have shaped the world’s most popular music genre.

Beyond photos, MoPop has gathered an array of artifacts from rap battle flyers, magazines, costumes, and manuscripts. They also have a Spotify playlist. For more info and to purchase entry tickets visit MoPop's website.

And may we suggest after you stop through the museum, you hop online and buy some tickets to support your local hip-hop artists and music venues?

PS: You can pick up the book Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop by Vikki Tobak at ARTE NOIR!


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