Washington, DC will be a vibe later this summer!
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is hosting a star-studded block party to show appreciation for the origins and cultural influence of hip-hop music.
According to Smithsonianthe museum is preparing to host its first Hip-Hop Block Party on Saturday August 13th. The event will commemorate the first anniversary of the release of the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, which features a tracklist spanning four decades of hip-hop from artists Lauryn Hill, public enemy, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and much more.
From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the party will feature performances by national and local DMV talent, as well as presentations and activities for attendees to learn all about the genre that has shamelessly represented black culture.
“The origins of hip-hop and rap lie in the community where people came together in basements, on street corners, at neighborhood dance parties and community performances to tell the stories of people and places that gave it life in a language all its own,” said Dwandalyn ReeceDeputy Director of Conservation Affairs at NMAAHC.
Hosted by Radio Personality Magic 102.3 Vic Jagger, performances will include Alphabet Toggles, O-slice, Phuzz, YungManny, Mumu Fresh, The Hallucci Nation and Grammy-nominated D. Smoke. DJ heat, dubbed the Nation’s Capital Hometown Hero, will also host a DMV showcase. Participants will be able to move their bodies in dance workshops with the non-profit Culture Shock DC dance troupe. Talks and round tables on books will also take place.
Finally, the celebration will end with a dance party mixed by the hip-hop pioneer DJ Spinderella.
“It is only fitting that the NMAAHC celebrates the first anniversary of the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap with a block party in our front yard,” Reece continued.
“Like a true block party, we invite all ages to come together to enjoy activities and performances in honor of the museum’s greatest tribute to hip-hop music and culture.”