Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Launches 'Hip Hop at 50: Holla If Ya Hear Me' Exhibit

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Launches 'Hip Hop at 50: Holla If Ya Hear Me' Exhibit

Published Mon, July 3, 2023 at 1:42 PM EDT

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating 50 years of Hip-Hop with a new exhibition, Hip Hop at 50: Holla If Ya Hear Me sponsored by Technics.

The exhibit "celebrates the life, music, and cultural impact of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s hip hop Inductees and expands beyond their influence to look at the key artists, styles, and moments" from Hip-Hop history and includes signature items from legends including LL COOL J, Salt-N-Pepa, Jam Master Jay, Jay-Z, Roxanne Shanté, Queen Latifah, The Notorious B.I.G., and more.

“Growing up in New York City music was everywhere! When the reality of the struggle of life brought hell…music brought us heaven!” DMC said in a press release. "Rock, Funk, Soul, Reggae,Metal , R+B, Jazz and Punk became the power that would be the foundation of sound for this new culture we call Hip Hop! I was a little kid with Rock N Roll dreams! Hip Hop allowed my Dream to come true! I’m proud to celebrate this milestone in music history with The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with their new exhibit. After all, I am The King of Rock!!!” 

Additionally, the exhibit features never-before-seen artifacts from Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Kool Herc, Sylvia Robinson, Roxanne Shanté, The Sugarhill Gang, and more. The handbill from the “All Star Birthday Bash for DJ Kool Herc” is also among the items on display.

Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Roxanne Shanté and DMC were on-hand to help kick-off the opening of the exhibition on June 29. Roxanne Shanté also hosted a special live edition of her popular Rock The Bells Sirius XM show, Have A Nice Day.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s education team will also roll out a brand-new resource collection to help students explore some of the top hip-hop names and Rock Hall Inductees over the style's first 50 years.

Salt-N-Pepa talked about how excited they were to participate in the exhibition. “Being the first female Hip-Hop group to have been certified with both a Gold and Platinum record was such an accomplishment," they said in a statement. "Going on to receive multiple platinum records and becoming one of the best-selling Hip-Hop groups of all time, was more than we could have hoped for. It was a major milestone in hip-hop’s trajectory over the past 50 years and we are so excited to be able to celebrate this important moment in music’s history with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We are honored to be a part of the new Holla If Ya Hear Me exhibit and hope everyone enjoys seeing some of our most iconic and important pieces from our career.” 

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