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UNIVERSAL HIP HOP MUSEUM - The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop: 1980-1985

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

You know that you're getting old when the things you grew up with as a kid or teenager are now part of a museum exhibition....Haha. Everything about this exhibit is DOPE!!!

While visiting the Universal Hip Hop Museum located at the Bronx Terminal, I had flashbacks of my Playboy shoes, my Le Tigre shirts, my silver name plate, my pin-strip Lee jeans, watching Video Music Box after school and recording the DJ Red Alert mixes off of KISS FM on the weekends. Awww, those were the days!

The museum's collaboration with Microsoft and the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality have successfully created an immersive experience through Hip Hop history. The curators have masterfully combined old school analog archives, cutting edge technology, experimental storytelling techniques, party fliers, music, clothing and various soundscapes to celebrate MCing, DJing, Breakdancing and Graffiti. It's not a big exhibit but it is an intensely dense presentation. This current [R]Evolution of Hip exhibit focuses on the early 80’s. An earlier exhibit concentrated on the 1970s. And I CAN'T believe I missed that one! Damn, you COVID! Both exhibits at this satellite location serve as sneak previews of what the official Universal Hip Hop Museum will be like when it opens in a permanent location in 2023 as a celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary. Every Hip-Hop head MUST visit this spot!!!

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