April 9, 2020

How it Began Continues to Inspire:
Stanley L Jackson’s Mural is 80s Hip Hop

“Caricaturing allows me the opportunity to capture a subject’s unique characteristics in a fun way. In today’s society, we focus on being politically correct or perfect; this type of artwork allows me to step outside of the box.”
April 9, 2020

From Baltimore to the Bronx to Everywhere:
Savior of Hip Hop Donates To UHHM

“I find inspiration in different things: comic books, anime, ways that people – especially kids – won’t turn on each other by making someone feel smaller, and disrespecting one’s unfortunate situation. Just because one may have less money than another doesn’t make them any less of a person. My version of Hip Hop is about flowing and the art form; it has nothing to do with money.”
February 7, 2020

Ralph Vargas:
How Da Phunky Drumma Made “Funky Drummer”

This Hip Hop collective’s producer, the RZA, sampled Vargas’ drum beats for tracks such as “Bring Da Ruckus” and “Wu-Tang 7th Chamber”, as well as a then-unreleased version of the hit “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me).”
October 18, 2019

Layers of Hip Hop:
Fine Artist Borbay Donates Two of His Collage-Style Pieces to the UHHM

“The reason that Hip Hop culture struck me when it did is because it’s about inclusivity and different people expressing themselves in different ways – art, sound, dance. To be involved in this was part of my foundation. To share my art with an establishment that is dedicated completely to this inclusivity and people’s various artistic expressions was my responsibility and my honor.”
September 19, 2019

Old & New, Past & Present in Art and Hip Hop:
How Dan “The Signtologist” Ericson Reinvents & Repurposes

“Coming from an analogue upbringing, I appreciate the tools that aren’t digitized. Example: I can go to the library and find a book about something I could also read online. And I choose to go to the library because that’s one way I can really turn things on by turning something off.”
July 8, 2019

Documenting Hip Hop History:
From the Broom to the Ceiling, Taylor Golonka Documents Michael Chambers’s Contributions to the Culture

Whether or not you have seen “Breakin’” or “Breakin’ 2,” you have seen Michael Chambers, who began his career as a dancer when he was 16 with the stage name Boogaloo Shrimp.
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