The launch of the digital NOLA Hiphop and Bounce Archive has been delayed to a Fall 2014 start, so that we will be better able to accommodate events surrounding the launch of the significant project. Once the digital archive is live, anyone will be able to access the interviews free of charge either in person at the Amistad Research Center on Tulane’s campus in New Orleans or online from anywhere. Watch this space for more details.
The NOLA Hiphop Archive was founded by Holly Hobbs in 2012. Thus far, the NOLA Hiphop Archive has conducted over 30 videotaped interviews with hiphop and bounce artists and pioneers in the city, including Mannie Fresh, Mystikal, Partners N Crime, Dee-1, Ricky B, DJ Raj Smoove, Nesby Phips, Nicky da B & Rusty Lazer, Queen Blackkold Madina (Academy Award-winning rapper & star of the documentary Trouble the Water) and more. A sample of these interviews can now be viewed on the Music Rising at Tulane website at musicrising.tulane.edu.
The accompanying Where They At collection was begun in 2008 by photographer Aubrey Edwards and journalist Alison Fensterstock, with the assistance of a grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation. It collected over 50 photographic portraits and audio interviews with New Orleans rappers, DJs, producers, photographers, label owners, promoters, record store personnel, journalists and other parties involved in the New Orleans hip-hop and bounce scene from the late 1980s through Hurricane Katrina, as well as ephemera including original fliers, posters, vintage photographs and more. In a multimedia exhibition form, the collection toured extensively. It currently lives in online form at wheretheyatnola.com.
Posted by Brenda Flora.