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Hip-Hop & Rap: Home

Hip-Hop & Rap: Assets from the Rock Hall's Archives Collection and Beyond

Beastie Boys posterLL Cool J notebookRun DMC / Beastie Boys handbill

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Our hip-hop and rap video recordings can be found here. Below are some highlights from our collection.


Our rap and hip-hop commercial sound recordings can be found here. Below are some highlights from our collection.



Archival Resources

Search the Rock Hall's archival collections here, including photographs, manuscripts, business records, posters, handbills, recordings, and much more from performers, bands, record label executives, recording studios, and the fans themselves! If you're onsite at the Museum or Library & Archives, please use this link to get to the online catalog.

Listed below are notable collections and items related to rap and hip-hop.

Rock's Backpages Articles

Free articles are available on Rock's Backpages through the Free on RBP link. The articles below may require you to be on-site at the Library & Archives or Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in order to read them. Staff may access RBP off-site through VPN access.

Other Articles and Online Resources

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