The Smithsonian has launched a $250,000 Kickstarter campaign in hopes of creating an anthology on hip-hop’s influence on American culture and history. Titled, Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, the upcoming project by the educational institution will look to provide inquiring minds and music fans with 120 tracks on 9 discs, a 300-page book containing essays, liner notes and never-before-published images.
As The Fader reports, the current undertaking is being produced by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and hopes to be ready for delivery by December of next year. This new project will follow the Smithsonian Record label’s previous releases covering folk and jazz music’s own defining eras in American history.
While The Smithsonian is a well-known name in the world of education and providing people with an incredible experience of catalogued history through its museums, putting together an anthology like this isn’t cheap. According to the campaign’s page, funds raised by public support will go towards the project’s production, research and licensing. The project will presumably be an arduous task since it will be the first collection of its kind to include music from all the major labels as well as various indies.
“It will also serve as an extension of the objects and stories of hip-hop already displayed in the galleries of the National Museum of African American History and Culture,” it reads in the about section of the campaign’s page. “Offering perspective on the African American experience and its impact on American culture.”
Artists who will be included in the anthology will range from the Sugarhill Gang and Roxanne to Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, as their influences have helped push the boundaries of the genre past music and into everyday popular culture. Overall, a total of 50 artists, DJs, photographers, filmmakers and professors within the hip-hop community will have a hand in bringing this project to life.
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