Closing on August 4th - "Custom Beats: The Art of Hip Hop"
The Fullerton Museum's exhibit, Custom Beats: The Art of Hip-Hop tells the story of this popular genre of music. For almost 50 years, Hip-Hop has been vital to the expression of urban youth around the world. Beginning as a predominantly African-American youth cultural expression from the streets of New York, Hip-Hop is now an international phenomenon and a multi-billion dollar culture industry. With colorful street art, flashy track suits and fresh sneakers, masters of Hip-Hop express themselves outwardly as well as inwardly- writing poetry and song lyrics reflecting confidence, optimism and struggle.
As a musical genre, Hip-Hop follows in the footsteps of earlier African-American-rooted musical forms such as blues, ragtime, jazz, funk, and disco. But Hip-Hop is more than music: it is a culture and attitude encompassing fashion, graffiti, poetry, deejaying, breakdancing, beatboxing, and emceeing. It is a culture that started in deindustrialized urban America and transformed into the political voice for post-civil-rights African-Americans and youth worldwide. Custom Beats will investigate the ways Hip-Hop art and culture have permeated our everyday lives to become one of the most influential lifestyles worldwide.