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Grammy Museum Puts Spotlight On Hip Hop Music, Culture

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A new exhibit opened at the Grammy Museum as part of Grammy Week festivities, putting the spotlight on the culture and lifestyle inspired by hip hop music.

The exhibit is named for and based on ARIA Multimedia Entertainment’s book, “Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey.” Items on display include original, handwritten song lyrics from Tupac Shakur, Grandmaster Flash turntables, a hip hop sneaker gallery from the private collection of recording artist Everlast and more.

Hip hop has gone beyond music and permeated mainstream life, singer/songwriter Jimmy Jam said.

“It’s turned into art, its turned into clothing, its turned into a lifestyle,” he said. “It’s just culture now.”

During the exhibit’s run through May 4, the museum also plans to announce educational programs related to the exhibit.

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(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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