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Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Hip-Hop and Rap Anthology [VIDEO]

The Smithsonian Institution has announced a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to help raise funds for their massive anthology dedicated to hip-hop music and culture.

The collection, Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, will boasts nine CDs (featuring 120 classic rap songs), a special 9th Wonder Digital Remix of the Smithsonian Folkways archives and a 300-page book featuring 10 essays, extensive track-by-track liner notes and never-before-published images.

The Anthology was developed by the Smithsonian along with members of the hip-hop community including artists Chuck D, MC Lyte, Questlove and 9th Wonder; industry veterans Bill Adler and Bill Stephney; author and journalist Jeff Chang; and university scholars and authors Adam Bradley (University of Colorado, Boulder), Cheryl Keyes (UCLA) and Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University).

“The story of hip-hop is one of great triumph and evolution, and it represents the very best of black music tradition,” said Chuck D (via Rolling Stone).

The Smithsonian hopes to reach $250,000 in donations to fully complete the project. If they reached their goal, the Anthology will be available by December 2018.

Backers who are funding the project at the $100 level will get a bundled of cool stuff with their Anthology, including a cling-on decal of the box set cover art designed by Cey Adams, illustrated hip-hop trading cards and a one-year subscription to Smithsonian magazine.

At the highest level, backers will be able to get a limited-addition pair of Adidas sneakers designed by Cey Adams; and backers donating $10,000 or more will earn them a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture led by Questlove.

For more information on how you can get involved, head over Kickstarter.com.

"Hip-Hop helps us to understand the power of black music & the impact of African American culture on the world." -Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director Hip Hop is the culture that redefined American music, that's why we've partnered with Smithsonian Folkways to bring a piece of what the museum does straight into households around the nation and world. The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap is box set including 9 CDs with approximately 130 tracks, and a 300-page, coffee-table book with essays and never-before-seen photographs and designs by Cey Adams, artist and founding creative director of Def Jam. The Anthology captures the evolution of hip hop from its earliest days in the 70s up to artists of today. Through the chosen tracks, essays, and extensive liner notes, the Anthology reveals the many trends, social and political implications of this multifaceted genre, and its influence on popular culture. #HipHopHistory #APeoplesJourney #Kickstarter #HipHop

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