Hip-Hop Preserved At Cornell University


Hip-Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa will help preserve the genre’s origins by joining in festivities and celebrating the “Born in the Bronx: The Legacy and Evolution of Hip Hop” collection at Cornell University later this month.

The free two-day conference will showcase documents from the early days of hip-hop including recordings, photographs, posters and more. Famous for being one of the first hip-hop deejays to help mold the art form in the South Bronx during the 70’s, Bambaataa will also be speaking on the culture’s importance.
“By paying tribute to those who laid the foundation, we tell our own history,” he said in a statement. “Preserving hip-hop’s early years will help future generations understand the places they come from.”
Joined by a number of hip-hop historians and pioneers including Grandmaster Caz, Grand Wizard Theodore, Pop Master Fable, Tony Tone, Disco Wiz and Kool Lady Blue, the event will also look to further enhance outsiders’ views of the genre’s realm. 
“We want the community at large to celebrate hip-hop’s contributions to American culture,” Cornell curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts Katherine Reagan said in a statement. “Through a better understanding of its origins, which are the focus of this unique collection.”
Donated by hip-hop collector Johan Kugelberg, the “Born in the Bronx” collection illustrates the birth of the culture from its’ early 70’s uprising with a 2,000 piece showing.
The event begins Friday, October 31st and runs through Saturday, November 1st at Cornell University.
In related news, VH1‘s fifth annual Hip Hop Honors aired last night (October 6) paying homage to the contributions of icons Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick and Too Short. Due to the recent passing of Isaac Hayes, the legendary singer was honored by performances from Mos Def, Scarface, Cee-lo, The Roots and Estelle. Known for their superstar on-stage appearances, this year’s performers included OutKast‘s Big Boi, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Biz Markie, MC Lyte, Kid Rock, Wyclef Jean, Lil’ Jon, Q-Tip, Ghostface Killah, UGK‘s Bun B and more. 

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