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What belongs in the Smithsonian's hip-hop collection?

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164224__grand_lOf all the hip-hop pioneers who spoke at yesterday’s press conference announcing the launch of the Smithsonian’s drive to collect hip-hop’s historical artifacts, only Russell Simmons seemed to recognize the paradox — how can rap still belong to the streets, to the outsiders, if it’s enshrined and celebrated in a museum? ”My first thoughts were [darn], the party’s over,” he said. Still, curators said no one turned them down, though there’s not much in the collection yet — a couple of turntables from Grandmaster Flash (pictured), some of Afrika Bambaataa’s custom clothes, MC Lyte’s diary, Fab 5 Freddy’s boom box.

What other artifacts belong in the Smithsonian? Tupac’s ‘do rag? Run-DMC’s first pairs of Adidas? Lil’ Kim’s pasties? Hammer’s parachute pants? DJ Jazzy Jeff? Help the curators with your suggestions, PopWatchers.

addCredit(“Grandmaster Flash: Jemal Countess/WireImage.com”)