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Celebrating Hip Hop's 50th Anniversary : Home


A DJ Kool Herc Party hand-lettered invitation to the Back to School Jam on August 11, 1973Hip Hop came onto the music scene on August 11, 1973 at a block party hosted in the Bronx by Clive Campbell, aka DJ Kool Herc, and his sister Cindy. Over the last 50 years, what started at a rec room party has become a world-wide cultural movement.

Joining in celebrations around the globe, the UI Libraries created this multi-library display to showcase the far-reaching influence of Hip Hop. We created this guide to compile resources and search tips for those wanting to learn more.

Original invitation for Cindy Campbell and DJ Kool Herc's 'Back to School Jam," August 11, 1973.Source:

If you don't know, now you know

As part of the celebration of Hip Hop's 50th Anniversary, we also created a check-in style scavenger hunt to encourage visits to many of our library locations across campus. By checking in the with QR code at each location and submitting your contact information, you can be entered in a drawing for prizes! Contest dates are August 9th - September 16th, 2023.

Where's the Party At?

Not exactly a party, but there are 7 locations you want to find for contest check in. In no certain order:

  • Main Library (4th Floor)
  • Art Library
  • Rita Benton Music Library
  • Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
  • Law Library
  • Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library (Biz Hub)
  • and on this guide! (Check-In Tab)

Wondering where those locations are? Check out this campus library map.

What am I looking for to check in?

Colorful graffiti style art with large "Hip Hop" in center, blank box in bottom left corner

When you find the sign that looks like this on the display, scan the QR code in the bottom left corner and complete the survey (if desired). If you check-in at all of the locations, you will be entered in a prize drawing!

Artist's Statement/Information

"I created this piece to showcase some of the components of Hip Hop for the 50 year celebration.
I was inspired by the graffiti art style and remixed online images with my own art."
- Enjay (Nessa Hardaway) 

created with pencil and marker

Have questions? Need assistance?

If you have any difficulties utilizing the QR code at each location or have questions about the cross-library display, please contact Rita Soenksen at

Top Hip Hop Artists...according to you!

This section is updated each day to reflect check-in survey responses of "favorite Hip Hop artist," Make sure to complete this field in the survey at each of the locations and check back to see if your favorite is our Number 1!

  • Drake (1 vote)
  • MF Doom (1 vote)
  • OFWGKTA (1 vote)
  • 2Pac (1 vote)
  • ?