Hip-Hop and Rock and Roll may differ on the surface, but remnants of the culture’s history are currently on full display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Items featured at the museum include assorted flyers from Hip-Hop pioneers Saul Abbatiello, Afrika Bambaataa, Phase Too, Grandmaster Flash, Lovebug Starski and DJ Kool Herc.
The musuem features relics from the later generation of rappers as well, including a hat and eye patch from rapper Slick Rick, 45 rpm records from the late Notorious B.I.G. and a 1998 lyric manuscript for “Money,” an unreleased rap song from Snoop Dogg.
Noted for educating the public on the history and significance of Rock and Roll music, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum features a library, various exhibits and archives that preserve the legacy of the music.
During its 30-plus years of existence, Hip-Hop has emerged as a worldwide cultural phenomenon that exhibits shades of early Rock and Roll in its dealings with human relationships, social situations and issues within itself and the society.
Admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12) and $18 for adult Greater Cleveland residents.
Children under 8 and museum members are free.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. The hours are extended until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.