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Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. now features a display of hip hop memorabilia from the last 3 decades.
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3/1/2006 9:25:03 AM

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For nearly three decades, hip-hop relics such as vinyl records, turntables, microphones and boom boxes have collected dust.

Owners of such items - including pioneering hip-hop artists such as Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Fab 5 Freddy - will carry them to a Manhattan hotel to turn them over to officials of the National Museum of American History, The Associated Press reports.

The museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is announcing its plans to embark on a collecting initiative, "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: the Beat, the Rhymes, the Life."

The project, the beginnings of a permanent collection, will gather objects that trace hip-hop's origins in the Bronx in the 1970s to its current global reach. It is expected to cost as much as $2 million and take up to five years to complete.

The money will come from private donors.

Hip-hop culture, whose main elements include rappers, DJs and breakdancers, is considered one of the most powerful cultural explosions ever.

Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, scheduled to attend the announcement at the New York Hilton, called the Smithsonian's recognition a "great statement for hip-hop."

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