Smithsonian To Host Museum's First Ever On Going Exhibit On Hip-Hop Culture

The Smithsonian

Institute's National Museum of American History is in the process of launching

and hosting "Hip-Hop Won't Stop," the museum's first-ever on going

and evolving exhibit on Hip-Hop culture in the The Smithsonian.

Ice T., Russell

Simmons, Crazy Legs and others will hold a press conference on Feb. 28 at the

New York Hilton, where a list of artists that will assist the museum in documenting

Hip-Hop's 30-year history will be announced.

The project will

trace Hip-Hop from it's origins in the 1970's to its current global domination.

The exhibit will

showcase a permanent collection, with various artists donating an artifact to

the exhibit. Vinyl records, handwritten lyrics, boom boxes, clothing, microphones

and other artifacts will be featured.

The museum is also

working with Bill Adler, Mark Shimmel of Mark Shimmel Music, Dr. Benjamin Chavis

and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network.

Founded nearly

50 years ago, the Museum of American History collects and preserves more than

3 million artifacts.

The exhibitions

explore major themes in American history and culture, from the War of Independence

to present day.

Some 4 million

visitors pass through the museum's doors each year to view the exhibitions,

collections and research facilities.