Grant Supports Documentation of New Orleans Hiphop

This morning, the Amistad Research Center was pleased to be among the 200+ recipients of grant funding from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. Support from the Foundation will aid the Center’s efforts to expand the forthcoming New Orleans Hiphop and Bounce Archive, a freely-accessible online collection of audio and video interviews with artists, DJs, producers, record store owners, and others within the hiphop and bounce communities in New Orleans.

The digital archive will be comprised of audiovisual interviews currently held at the Center in two related collecitons, the NOLA Hiphop Archive Project Collection and the Where They At Collection.

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 be viewed below.

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.

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