Even if you’ve never heard his name, you’ve probably heard his sound. J Dilla was a prolific hip-hop artist who collaborated with the greats of the genre. In this episode, we’re telling the story of J Dilla’s life and legacy through those that knew him best. Continue reading Sidedoor: This One’s for Dilla
This week we pondered how museums must serve both art and mammon: crowdfunding, controversial donors and selling collections to pay the way. Continue reading ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was Oct. 15 – Oct. 21, 2017
“Hip-Hop helps us to understand the power of black music and the impact of African American culture on the world.” Continue reading You can make #HipHopHistory
Both grew out of communities that were innovation hotbeds—the microchip from Silicon Valley and hip-hop from the Bronx. The Smithsonian studies how inventive communities form and impact culture. Innovation hotspots Questions come alive at the Smithsonian. Seriously amazing.
Explore the intersection of kung fu movies and hip-hop music in a series of free performances and events this weekend. Continue reading Kung Fusion at the Freer and Sackler