The Philharmonie de Paris retraces, with the Hip Hop 360 exhibition, the history of the hip hop movement over 40 years.
The exhibition looks back on the different highlights of this musical genre, such as its birth in the Bronx in the 1970s, the evolution of hip hop in France, Parisian graffiti, rap, etc. Immersive and interactive, the exhibition offers a circular space of 120 m2 in spatialized sound, to select musical pieces to listen to and to discover performances, works and creations in situ. Rap, dance, graffiti, DJ, beatmaking, beatbox, fashion… Hip-Hop 360 retraces the genre’s forty-year history. The exhibition relates the emergence of a French hip-hop identity that was shaped from the American model, by adapting music, techniques and stories to the French context. Hip-Hop 360 transcribes the inventiveness of a movement constantly listening to new forms of creation and dissemination.
A unique experience
At the heart of the exhibition, a circular space of 120m2 in spatialized sound – the 360 – allows the immersion of the visitor in the midst of breakers, DJs, beatboxers and rappers by offering a unique experience from performances and unpublished recordings. Hip-Hop 360 is based on the participation of actors and actresses of the movement, pioneers and new generations alike, with in particular:
– In situ creations: Grems, JonOne, Mode 2…
– Works by graffiti pioneers: Bando, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura 2000, JayOne…
– Testimonials from Kery James, MC Solaar, Youssoupha, Cut Killer, Sniper, Infinit’, Chilla, Féfé and Leeroy, Tefa…
– An original sound creation by Niko Noki
– Rare photographs by witnesses to the history of hip-hop: Martine Barrat, Sophie Bramly, David Delaplace, Maï Lucas, Jean-Pierre Méro, Yoshi Omori, Willy Vainqueur…
An interactive exhibition
The exhibition offers an extraordinary musical richness by giving visitors the opportunity to choose their listening from a set of themed selections:
– 70 records from Dee Nasty’s personal collection
– A focus on the use of samples by DJ Mehdi, designed by Thibaut de Longeville
– A radio space to listen to freestyles and cult shows, from Phil Barney on Carbone 14 in 1982 to JuL in freestyle in 2019
– A selection of rap titles classified into eight universes by Yérim Sar
– A selection of collection mixtapes from IAM “Concept” in 1990 to DJ Bellek and Booba in 2005.
– The possibility of breaking down the flagship titles of beatmakers.