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National Hip-Hop Museum Hosting Wild Style 40th Anniversary Celebration and Toy Exhibit in NYC

National Hip-Hop Museum Hosting Wild Style 40th Anniversary Celebration and Toy Exhibit in NYC

Published Tue, May 23, 2023 at 12:50 PM EDT

The National Hip-Hop Museum will host a 40th anniversary tribute to the first ever Hip-Hop motion picture, Wild Style, in NYC this June.

The NHHM will hold the event in conjunction with Five Points Festival taking place at Zero Space in Brooklyn on Sunday, June 11, from noon to 6 p.m. There will be live graffiti painting throughout the day from Kevin "Scene" Lewis and DJ Tony Crush, DJ Grand Wizzard Theodore and DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell will spin classic Hip-Hop breaks from the Wild Style era. Additionally, NHHM will present a live streamed podcast via Rock The Bells. 

"The museum finds it extremely important that we honor Charlie Ahearn and the cast of Hip-Hop's first feature film on its 40th Anniversary," says Rock The Bells writer and NHHM historian Jay Quan. "We are extremely excited about this event!"

The NHHM will also display a hand-drawn animation slide from the movie's intro by Zephyr and Revolt donated by Charlie Ahearn, alongside the original amphitheater flyer from 1980, a rare Italian 1984 Wild Style movie poster and vintage articles from the movie's original premiere.

The celebration of the classic film will culminate with Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn and cast members including Grandmaster Caz & The Cold Crush Brothers, Grand Wizzard Theodore & The Fantastic 5, Patti Astor, and breakdance icon, Crazy Legs, being inducted into NHHM's Hall of Fame.

Throughout the weekend, the NHHM will also exhibit a retrospective of rare and vintage hip-hop toys from 1984 to the present, and will operate a pop-up retail store offering many of the rare, exclusive, vintage and one-of-a-kind toys and apparel for purchase from its retail arm, The Hip-Hop Shop. Items include EL DA SENSEI Official Artifacts graffiti train,  J Dilla Donuts White Shirt action figure, Ghostface Killah action figure, The Warriors boxed set, and Wu-Tang Enter The Wu-Tang Records Are Forever Crate, among many more.

“We couldn't be more excited to be hosting the National Hip Hop Museum 's Induction ceremony at Five Points this year,” says Josh Kimberg, one of the founders of Five Points Festival. "The path of hip-hop and designer toys has been linked since the very beginning of the art toy scene, on this anniversary it's time to honor that legacy." 

Grab tickets here.

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