Re-Mixing the Old Dominion!!!!!!

Re-Mixing the Old Dominion: 35 Years of Hip Hop Culture and History

In honor of Charter Day 2015, Swem Library will celebrate its new exhibit chronicling more than three decades of Virginia hip hop culture and history. Join us as William & Mary helps establish new ground in historical and cultural scholarship by showcasing one of the most important American cultural creations since the end of World War II.(Voe Black visiting the collection)

A reception and gallery talk will be held on Wednesday, February 4 from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of the library’s Special Collections Research Center, 1st floor.

Guests will have an opportunity to see and hear the rich history of Virginia hip hop culture. The exhibit will feature a variety of material items tracing the local, regional and international importance of Virginia hip hop. Additionally, the exhibit will feature audio stations providing portions of oral histories and groundbreaking music as curated by the Virginia hip hop community.

“Exhibits provide the context for a collection’s existence and serve as an important point of contact between archives and collections, and the public. Exhibits tell a story,” said Kevin Kosanovich, founder and assistant curator of the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection. “The difficulty, and fun, of curating an exhibit is the constant revision of items and words in the effort to create the most compelling and straightforward narrative possible.”

In addition to the exhibit, we will have DJ Wyze spinning classic Virginia music, light refreshments, a gallery talk at 6 p.m. with Kosanovich and a performance by SMILES Crew, W&M’s bboy/bgirl dance group.

Happy 2015!

In honor of the new year, enjoy Mad Skillz’s classic album, “From Where???”

7 City Legacy

Over the next week we will be posting portions of this important Soundloy Productions documentary, “7 City Legacy,” tracing the history of music in the 7 cities.

Check out the trailer:

From Mambo to Hip-Hop

Another classic Hip-Hop documentary by Henry Chalfant. From Mambo To Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale is an hour-long documentary that tells a story about the creative life of the South Bronx, beginning with the Puerto Rican migration and the adoption of Cuban rhythms to create the New York salsa sound.


Happy Birthday, Handles!!!!

Today is Charter Member Handles’ birthday.  Not only is he a fantastic artist, he’s also a great friend to the collection, and he’s great person.

Everyone be sure to wish Handles a happy b-day @handles757


A Huge Step Forward

H&G fund presentation

Thanks to collection members and partners, Hudson & Guam, the William & Mary Hip Hop Collection now has a fund to collect dollars specifically earmarked for the collection.  What this means is that anyone interested in the collection, Virginia, and/or hip-hop can help directly support the collection through a monetary donation. 

The collection is now on its way to being able to support itself.  All of this is due to the support, the generosity and vision of Hudson & Guam.

Hudson & Guam — Challenger

Voe Black

Today the collection is honored to be sit down with Voe Black, share the collection with him, and talk about his personal history.

Voe Black–Guapo