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Mixing it up with hip-hop exhibit


Marvette Perez acknowledges that she's no avid fan of hip-hop.

Even now, she wouldn't list it among her favorite kinds of music. But when the Smithsonian museum curator talks about hip-hop, she sounds as if she's from the genre's "old school," reeling off the names of pioneers DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa or alluding to the genre's influences, whether Jamaican toasting (rhythmic, poetic boasts) or recording artist James Brown.

SAMPLES FROM THE FUTURE HIP-HOP EXHIBIT ON VIEW / / through Sept. 5 / / Smithsonian's National Museum of American History / / 202-633-1000

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