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Queens Library has programs devoted to Hip Hop presenting the five core elements (MCing, DJing, Breaking, Graffiti, and Knowledge). The mission is to recognize, document and celebrate the positive evolution of Hip Hop culture.

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Upcoming Programs


Hip Hop: Just Give Me the Mic – Queens Edition

Hosted by Debra Coco and Ralph McDaniels
Calling all rappers, singers, MCs, producers, and poets to Queens Library. Join us, show off your talents, and rock out!

Thursday, November 30, 6:30pm
Central Library (Main Lobby)
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

Queens Library's Hip Hop Coordinator Makes History!


Huge congratulations to Queens Library’s Hip Hop Coordinator, Ralph McDaniels!

The original mic flag from his legendary WNYC-TV show Video Music Box will now be on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The museum, located in Washington D.C., had its grand opening on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The event was attended by President and Michelle Obama, Congressman John Lewis, former president George W. Bush (who signed the bill that authorized the museum in 2003), and many other luminaries.

Click here to read more.

Queens Library's Hip Hop Podcast
Now Available on SoundCloud and iTunes!


Download and listen to the latest interviews with DMC and KRS-One on SoundCloud and iTunes. Or just click the "play" button below to start listening now.