The book's cover image

You don’t have to be a rap nerd to appreciate the latest collaborative effort by the Grammy folks and ARIA books.

Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey looks like it will appeal to any fan of history, music, and great photography. The large-format book features exclusive Polaroid images by Jonathan Mannion, essays from some top-notch journos, and first-person testimonials from some of hip-hop’s most significant artists and personalities. It drops Feb. 8. Cop it here.

Timed to the book’s release, the Grammy Museum will also debut Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey. They’re calling it “the first major museum exhibition to explore the four-decade history of Hip-Hop in America and the genre’s impact on the world.”(Kevin Powell and Brooklyn Museum might claim otherwise though.)

Still, if you’re in Los Angeles from on Feb. 5 thru May 4, 2011, go to the campus of LA Live (Staples Center) to check out the exhibit, which will be in the museum’s second floor temporary gallery. Young’uns, novices, and old heads alike should go to bone up on the history of hip-hop. There will be interactive mixing and listening stations, video footage, rare photographs and original artifacts, including:

  • original, handwritten song lyrics by rapper Tupac Shakur
  • LL Cool J’s TROOP suit and Kangol hat
  • Run DMC’s leather jacket and pants worn during “Walk This Way” performance with Aerosmith
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Homebase Tour jacket
  • Grandmaster Flash turntables
  • Hip-hop sneaker gallery from the private collection of Everlast

Plus, there will be public and educational programs related to Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey that will be announced throughout the duration of the exhibit. Don’t sleep.

Take a peek inside:

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