The new Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap—a nine-disc collection of 129 songs accompanied by a 300-page book—is an imposing object. Yet hip-hop itself is a pretty imposing subject, because it’s not just a musical approach or a radio format, it’s a lifestyle that could never be completely captured by anything that comes in a box. When the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the institution’s Folkways label got together to plan the project in the early 2010s, they knew they had taken on a daunting task. How do you tell the stories of generations
ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke is celebrating Black History through hip hop.
From the rappers to the video and music production, the “We Are Art” rap cypher brings together Black talent from the area to share a powerful message.
With lyrics like, “Acting hard is an ugly façade. We need love in the forefront, not just in the market or the storefront,” the idea is to show Roanoke is for everyone.
The video was filmed at the Grandin Theatre and features seven local rappers, each of them writing a verse saluting Black art, culture and accomplishments.
Artists include Kahlil Alexander, Eboni