Grammy Museum Brings 50 Years of Hip-Hop to Life Featuring Artifacts From Grandmaster Flash, Biggie, Tupac, and More

by Raheem Karim
Grammy Museum to launch 50 years of hip-hop exhibit

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will present “Hip-Hop America: The Mixtape Exhibit” from October 7, 2023, to September 4, 2024. The exhibit will celebrate 50 years of hip-hop music and culture, and will feature rare artifacts from some of the biggest names in the genre, including:

  • Tupac Shakur’s handwritten essay “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”
  • Biggie Smalls’ hat and jacket from the “Juicy” music video
  • Grandmaster Flash’s DJ equipment
  • The first issue of The Source magazine
  • A turntable used by DJ Kool Herc
  • A graffiti mural by Fab 5 Freddy

In addition to these artifacts, the exhibit will also feature interactive elements, such as a “Sonic Playground” where visitors can experiment with DJing, sampling, and rapping. The exhibit will also explore the history of hip-hop through a variety of lenses, including music, fashion, dance, and activism.
The exhibit will be open from 10am to 6pm daily, and admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and $15 for children ages 6-12. The Grammy Museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. For more information, please visit

Here are some additional details about the exhibit:

  • The exhibit will be divided into four sections: “The Origins of Hip-Hop,” “The Rise of Hip-Hop,” “Hip-Hop Goes Global,” and “Hip-Hop Today.”
  • The “The Origins of Hip-Hop” section will explore the early days of hip-hop, from its roots in African American and Caribbean cultures to its development in the Bronx in the 1970s.
  • The “The Rise of Hip-Hop” section will look at the growth of hip-hop in the 1980s and 1990s, when it became a global phenomenon.
  • The “Hip-Hop Goes Global” section will explore how hip-hop has been adopted and adapted by cultures around the world.
  • The “Hip-Hop Today” section will examine the current state of hip-hop, and its continued influence on popular culture.

The exhibit is expected to attract visitors from all over the world, and it is sure to be a must-see for any fan of hip-hop.

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