New Orleans –– The NOLA Hiphop Archive was founded in 2012 as an effort to collect, document, and make accessible to the public the oral histories of New Orleans’ influential rappers, producers and DJs who helped to create and popularize hiphop and bounce music traditions in the city and beyond. Founded in 2012 by Tulane graduate student, Holly Hobbs, the Archive currently holds more than 30 videotaped interviews with the city’s hiphop and bounce artists and pioneers, including Mannie Fresh, Mystikal, Partners N Crime, Dee-1, Ricky B, DJ Raj Smoove, Nesby Phips, Nicky da B & Rusty Lazer, and Queen Blackkold Madina, star of the Academy Award-winning Katrina documentary, Trouble the Water.
In conjunction with materials from the Smithsonian-affiliated Where They At bounce exhibit, the community-accessible NOLA Hiphop and Bounce Archive will launch with the support of the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in Spring 2014. That means that beginning in the spring of next year, the previous collected interviews––along with Where They At interviews and materials––will be accessible to the public both online and in person at the Amistad Research Center free of charge.
This is truly a phenomenal project, I believe not only should everyone support it, but also be inspired. Wherever you’re from be proud of that, represent it, and preserve all the things that are unique and beautiful about it. Without question Louisiana, particularly New Orleans, has given us such great talent and we should all be honored to join in and help this project come to pass. Here’s the link where you can be apart of something great http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1536605494/nola-hiphop-archive you can back this project with just $1 but I encourage you to give as much as you can!!