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National African American History Museum to Hold Hip-Hop Block Party


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is preparing to host a Hip-Hop Block Party for the first time on August 13.

The museum is throwing the party in honor of the first anniversary of the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap.

The party features the Alphabet Rockers, DJ Heat, O-Slice, Phuzz, YungManny, Mumu Fresh, and J. Period, who are slated for the daytime program, and The Halluci Nation and D. Smoke for the evening schedule.

Radio personality Vic Jagger will host the daytime program and the evening program will be followed by a dance party with DJ Spinderella. 

“The origins of hip-hop and rap rest in community where people gathered together in basements, on street corners, neighborhood dance parties and community shows to tell the stories of the people and places that brought it to life in a language all its own,” Dwandalyn Reece, associate director for curatorial affairs at the museum, said in a release.

“It is only fitting that NMAAHC celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap with a block party in our front yard,” Reece added, inviting people of all ages to join “the museum’s greatest homage to the music and culture of hip-hop.”

Free entry tickets will be available on the museum’s website starting Friday, July 22.

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