HipHop: Exhibition in Frankfurt celebrates African-American culture

For 50 years, hip-hop has determined what we listen to, how we talk, how we dress. The Shirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main now impressively shows how the subculture became a global business.

By Daniel Haas

If you had told the kids who were on the road in New York in 1973 as spray artists, DJs and rappers: you were the forefront of a musical revolution, the representatives of an artistic avant-garde. You will transform fashion design, language and dancing around the globe. And you’ll get rich, damn rich. What would they have said?

Maybe they would have used one of the formulas that young people use today between Stuttgart and Sydney to make it clear to their counterparts that they need to calm down: “Chill!”

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