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  • The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired more than 400 photographs from the Eyejammie Hip-Hop Collection, originally compiled by Bill Adler. Adler was the director of publicity at Def Jam Recordings from 1984 to 1990 and worked with artists such as the Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C. and countless others. Pictured, Run-D.M.C. on the set of their "King of Rock" video, 1985.
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  • The Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photo Collection was exhibited at Eyejammie Fine Arts Gallery in New York City between 2003 and 2007, featuring mostly black-and-white photographs taken from the early 1980s to 2004. Fifty-nine contemporary photographers are featured in the collection, including prominent artists from the beginning of the hip-hop revolution. Pictured, LL Cool J is photographed during his first performance in the basement of Benjamin Franklin High School in New York, 1984.
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  • “We are thrilled that this rich trove of images from the Eyejammie Hip-Hop Photography Collection is at the museum,” said Rhea Combs, curator of photography and film. “Hip-hop culture is integral to the contemporary American experience and it is only fitting the museum document and explore this crucial part of cultural history with global impact. The range of photographs from some of today’s top contemporary photographers reflect hip-hop culture from its earliest stages to the present. Pictured, Queen Latifah is photographed during the filming of her "Fly Girl" video, June 23, 1991.
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  • Combs continues, "This wonderful array of images reflects the excitement and dynamism of hip-hop culture, while also providing an important addition to the museum’s permanent photography collection." Pictured, Ol' Dirty Bastard on the set of his "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" video, 1995.
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  • Eazy-E is photographed in Union Square, New York, March 1, 1990.
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  • D.M.C. in an ice cream truck in Hollis, Queens, 1987.
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  • Mary J. Blige is photographed at the NY Music Awards after party at China Club in New York, 1992.
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  • Big Daddy Kane is pictured getting his haircut, July 12, 1989.
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  • Salt-N-Pepa pose outside Bayside Studios, Feb. 6, 1989.
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  • A Tupac Shakur memorial is seen on Houston Street in New York, Feb. 1997. To learn more about this collection visit, <a href="http://nmaahc.si.edu/" target="external">Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.</a>
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