Rescuing Rap’s Past

Steven G. Fullwood, the archivist for the Hip-Hop Archive Project at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on 135th St. in Harlem tells the New York Daily News that materials documenting the rich history of the culture face the possibility of loss from age, abuse or neglect. “It’s important to know who was there, who did what, and why they did it, so that folks can use that information to push their lives forward in different ways,” he said. Right now, the Hip-Hop Archive Project “is in limbo,” Fulwood admits. “We were having budget cuts before Sept. 11, 2001. [Since then] we don’t have the money to look for or hire consultants or purchase materials.”

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