Today in the Pacific Cultures Collections storeroom, we were visited by some of Wellington’s hip hop historians. The visit was in preparation for their hosting of a historic Back of House Hip Hop Tour this coming Sunday 2 November.
As part of Family Fun: Aotearoa Hip Hop 101 special guest hip hop pioneers KOS 163 and Rhys B will lead a sneak ‘backstage’ tour where they will respond to the Pacific Cultures collections. Hip hop highlights will include a turntable that belonged to multiple DJ mixing champion DJ Raw; a record collection from Upper Hutt Posse founding member DLT; T-shirts from Dawn Raid Entertainment and the gold medal won by choreographer Parris Goebel at the Hip Hop International (HHI) World Championships.
This Sunday’s events coincide with Hip Hop History Month, 20 years of local hip hop collective Footsouljahs and 30 years since the release of the hip hop movie Beat Street.