Hip Hop at 50
Featured exhibit, in-depth interviews & special events
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New Featured Exhibit Open Now
Hip hop is an immersive, thriving cultural force and the most influential musical development of the last 50 years. Hip Hop at 50: Holla If Ya Hear Me sponsored by Technics and Celsius - open now - takes a journey through the essential breakthrough events and historical moments; through the music’s sound, words, and powerful messages; and illustrates music’s ability to connect us in times of strife and celebration.
This exhibit celebrates the life, music, and cultural impact of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s hip hop Inductees and expands beyond their influence to look at the key artists, styles, and moments from hip hop history.
Get the first look at few signature items below from this in-depth exhibit, open now only in Cleveland.
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50th Anniversary of Hip Hop
Check out these highlights of Hip Hop at Inductions from past ceremonies honoring hip hop artists.
2023 Inductee InsightsPowered by PNC
2023 Inductee Insights
"Hail Mary" Tupac Tributefeat. Treach at the 2017 Induction Ceremony
"Hail Mary" Tupac Tribute
Run DMC Acceptance SpeechesRun DMC Acceptance Speeches at the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Run DMC Acceptance Speeches00:14:17
Eminem performs “My Name Is” “Rap God” “Sing for the Moment" “Stan" “Forever” and “Not Afraid"00:11:06
LL Cool J Acceptance Speech00:03:05
Chuck D and LL Cool J Induct Beastie Boys00:13:58
FROM THE ARCHIVES
2021 Inductee LL COOL J poses for a photo backstage at the 1986 Ohio Valley Urban Music Awards, held in downtown Cleveland. The event was hosted by Arsenio Hall, with the '86 show featuring performances and appearances by LL and other artists such as fellow inductees Grandmaster Flash and George Clinton, along with rap group The Fat Boys and Cleveland's own R&B legends LeVert.
Concerts & Events
Mark your calendars and plan your visit to the museum for these special events, including a performance by 2007 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Grandmaster Flash.
"I’m living proof as I stand before you...what I represent here tonight is purpose and destiny."
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44114