You Better 'Recognize' Hip Hop Art At The Smithsonian

For those of you who live and breathe hip hop, you are most definitely aware of the many arenas that hip hop dwells. It's not just rhyming or break dancing after all. Hip hop has served as the muse and inspiration for such artists Kehinde Wiley whose portrait of Big Daddy Kane shown above, commissioned for the 2005 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, is a study in exemplary portraiture and will be featured in the exhibit "RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture" currently being shown at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery now through October 26th. Other artists such as photographer David Scheinbaum's works will be featured, as well DC-based graffiti writers. You would do yourself a disservice if you call yourself a lover of true hip hop and didn't check it out.

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