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Exhibit Honors Cultural Odyssey of Hip-Hop

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- What do Grandmaster Flash, Mike Tyson, Cee-lo, Nicki Minaj, Prince, President Barack Obama, and Eminem have in common? They each represent some aspect of hip-hop culture, whether it is through politics, sports, entertainment, or music.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles is celebrating the culture and lifestyle inspired by hip-hop music in a groundbreaking exhibit named after and based on the release of the first ever hip-hop anthology, Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey.

The project is one of the first major museum exhibitions to explore four decades of Hip-Hop music in America -- and its impact on the world. Items on display in the exhibit, which opened this week and runs through May 4, include original, handwritten song lyrics from Tupac Shakur, Grandmaster Flash's turntables, a hip-hop sneaker gallery from the private collection of recording artist Everlast, and the leather jacket and pants worn by Run-DMC during the group's "Walk This Way" Grammy performance with Aerosmith.

Born in the predominantly black South Bronx area of New York City in the 1970s, the hip-hop sound grew and developed until it quickly became the dominant cultural movement throughout urban communities in the 1980s.

Since then, hip-hop has grown beyond urban communities to become a multi-million dollar industry. Though it has often been surrounded by controversy, hip-hop is ultimately a cultural network that has brought people together from all walks of life, broken down racial barriers, and influenced fashion, language, art movies and even politics.

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