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Keepers Of The Underground: The Hiphop Archive At Harvard

"In order to be well versed in the culture, you have to be an encyclopedia," 9th Wonder says. "What The HipHop Archive is doing is creating a family tree."
Producer 9th Wonder speaks with student staff members at The HipHop Archive & Research Institute in Jan. 2018. Source: Harold Shawn

This story is the first in NPR's new Morning Edition series produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) called The Keepers, stories of activist, archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians — keepers of the culture and the cultures and collections they keep.

Over a decade ago, students of , then a Professor of Linguistics at UCLA, started falling

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