The Hip-Hop Archive of the Legendary Fab 5 Freddy Will Soon Be Displayed at Harlem’s Schomburg Center

Fab 5 Freddy

— Hip-Hop legend and virtuoso, Fab 5 Freddy will be honored with his own exhibit at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

As the original host of Yo! MTV Raps, a visual artist, filmmaker, rapper, and more, Fab 5 Freddy has become one of the most influential and respected figures in Hip-Hop culture. Now, his creative brilliance will soon be showcased at Harlem’s historic Schomburg Center — a public library and archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide.

The 120-box archive will consist of notebooks, vinyl records, VHS tapes, flyers, apparel, and so much more. Some of the more prestigious items that can be found are early recordings of Yo! MTV Raps, a draft of the screenplay for New Jack City, notes for Fab 5 Freddy’s The People’s Beat College Radio Show, and a late 90s photo of Fab 5 Freddy with Debbie Harry of Blondie just to name a few.

Fab 5 Freddy          Fab 5 Freddy

The curator of the moving image and recorded sound division at Schomburg Center, Shola Lynch, stated that the items are 55% audiovisual, which makes it the rare collection consisting of mostly multimedia materials. He also stated that,

“Hip-hop is not a form that is often looking back, necessarily — it’s usually on to the next thing. But, I knew that if anyone had a great collection, it would be Freddy.”

There’s no word just yet on when exactly these artifacts will be available for public viewing, however, they are already in the library’s possession which means it’s pretty safe to say that it’ll be very soon. Until then, check out a more detailed look at the archives over at The New York Times.

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