As of last week, the Oakland Museum of California has a new interactive exhibit on display all about hip-hop.
The show, "Respect: Hip-hop Style and Wisdom," highlights the evolution of hip-hop and features key pieces of hip-hop culture from across the country.
Visitors can check out artifacts such as a 1964 Chevy Impala lowrider car or the turntables used by New York’s pioneer DJ Grandmaster Flex. There’s also an area where they can practice breakdancing and even try out DJ-ing themselves.
Then there's the section dedicated to the Bay Area and its role in hip-hop's evolution.
It pays homages to artists such as graffiti writer Mike "Dream" Francisco and filmmaker Yak who put the Bay Area street dance on the global map.
"The Bay is largely responsible for the independent movement of hip-hop," says Trey Amos, one of the curators of the exhibit.
"I think that the Bay is often overlooked for its contribution in a lot of different areas. It’s everything, honestly, from the way folks dress to the lingo they use."
Amos points to an installation modeled after ones found on street corners around the Bay. It’s a colorful memorial with photos and illuminated candles with names on them like the deceased Bay Area rapper Mac Dre.
"The memorial really plays homage to folks that have passed away but have left their mark on the bay. So yeah, that might be my favorite part, showing our respects to ancestors of hip hop that have passed on."
"Respect: Hip-hop style and Wisdom" opened on March 24 and will run through August 12.
Read a review of the show by KQED Arts here.