Our artifacts museum is currently comprised of collections that cross various genres and formats. It includes original autographs, vinyl records, album covers, event flyers and tickets, books, posters, photo journals, and personal correspondence.
A collection of hip-hop based artifacts
and over 4000 pieces of original vinyl
(and counting) at our fingertips.
Check out our state-of-the-art project lab
for restoring and digitizing.
Take a front seat in the HipHop2020
Curriculum Program classroom and
get your crash course in
cross-curricular hip-hop based education.
Catch-up on how we deconstruct music lyrics and apply them to our daily lives.
Kanye West is one of music\’s master samplers. Click the link to see Jayson “DJ Jaycee” Reid, one of the curators of the Michael Webster Collection, play 15 seconds of Prince\’s “It\’s Gonna Be Lonely” off his second album Prince, which is included in our collection. Do you recognize the sample? Listen to the guitar riffs. Aldrin Davis, aka DJ Toomp, flipped the sample for West\’s “Big Brother”.
"Our goal is to take teaching and learning up a notch! Music, hip hop, technology. That's our pathway"− Joycelyn Wilson, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech School of Education; Founding Director, Four Four Beat Project
"Work it harder, make it better. Do it faster, makes us stronger. More than ever hour after. Our work is never over."− Daft Punk, ''Harder Better Faster Stronger'',2001
"It ain’t hard to tell. I excel then prevail. The mic is contacted. I attract clientele."− Nas, ''It Ain’t Hard to Tell'', Illmatic. 1994
"Rap is poetry. It's thought-provoking and it's thought behind it and there's great writing in rap as well. You never hear rappers being comapred to the greatest writers of all time. You hear Bob Dylan, but so is Biggie Smalls in a Hitchcock way...If you take those lyrics and pull them from the music and put them up on a wall they would say this is genius work..."− Shawn ''Jay-Z'' Carter, speaking on the implications of rap music.
"I break into a lyrical freestyle. Grab the mic, look into the crowd and see smiles. Cause they see a woman standing up on her own two. Sloppy slouching is something I won't do."− Queen Latifah. ''Ladies First''. All Hail the Queen. 1989.
"HHBE is education focused on the culture of a marginalized population who has been told for a very long time that they do not have the tools that are necessary to be successful in classrooms and they become successful in the classroom in spite of that (''lack of tools)...all you need is you."− Chris Emdin, Assoc. Professor, Teacher's College; Chief Visionary, Science Genius BATTLES and HipHopEd, author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation
"Hip Hop Education is embedded in the act of critically reading one’s reality to understand oppression and domination to create counter narratives."− Bettina Love, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia and author of Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South