HARI In-House Blog

Harvard Recognizes Hiphop Classics

On February 29, 2016 the Loeb Music Library at Harvard University, in collaboration with the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute (HARI), began its archive of 200 of the most influential hiphop albums.  Curated by Patrick Douthit (9th Wonder) and in collaboration with other hiphop producers, the Classic Crates Collection will begin with four albums. Beginning 2017, ten albums (minimum) will be archived into the collection each year. The 2016 inaugural collection includes: 

The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest, Illmatic by Nas, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill, and To Pimp A Butterfly  by Kendrick Lamar
 

Professor Marcyliena Morgan of HARI and Peter Laurence of Loeb Music Library are the project liaisons for this unique collaboration that will bring together a collection of hiphop “standards,” along with LP versions of earlier recordings containing the original music used for their samples. As primary sources for the study of hiphop, these LP vinyl recordings will be accessed at the Music Library and can be played at the library’s turntable listening stations. Research materials relating to each classic album will also be available for review at Loeb Music Library with additional copies of titles in the collection available at HARI. All recordings will be catalogued in the Harvard Library Hollis system and listed in the HARI bibliography for citation purposes. A digitial copy of the Loeb Classic Crates Collection archive, along with other material, is also available on the HARI’s Classic Crates website at: http://hiphoparchive.org/projects/classic-crates 

If you would like more information please contact: 
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library
Email: muslib@fas.harvard.edu
Tel: 617-495-2794

The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute
Email: info@hiphoparchive.org
Tel: 617-496-8885

The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
Email: HutchinsCenter@fas.harvard.edu
Tel: 617-495-8508