With 500 pieces of hip-hop’s iconic albums to rap star action figures; the Hip-Hop Museum Pop-Up Experience in Washington, D.C. is the place to be for all music lovers. Some of the artifacts include a brick from rapper Eminem’s childhood home on 8 mile road in Detroit, boxing gloves from LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out” music video, and Hip-Hop sneakers and autographed vinyl’s, just to name a few.
Founder Jeremy Beaver has been working on this idea for some years now. Inspired by his love and vast knowledge of music and the rap culture he decided to create this pop-up experience to enlighten and give people the opportunity to see how important the urban culture was and still is, and also how it has impacted the world.
“Hip-Hop has moved from the streets of the Bronx in the 1970’s to every household in the world 40 years later, and that’s a fascinating phenomenon. By creating the Hip-Hop Museum D.C. collection, we hope to contribute to the preservation of Hip-Hop history and culture.”
The interactive experience which is located at the Culture House in Southwest, D.C. debuted on January 18th and is expected to end on February 18th. The pop-up museum began with live performances by the Sugarhill Gang, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash, and D.C.’s famous go-go band, Trouble Funk, who were all signed to Sugarhill Records in the early 1980’s. Beaver has big plans to take the museum on tour.
“We want a museum that can go to every single city, that can go to schools, that can go to different countries around the world. There’s no reason why everyone should have to come to this one place to experience the history of hip-hop.”