Telling the Story of Hip-Hop 

Queens Public Library Hip-Hop Programs tell the story of hip-hop and the borough of Queens' contribution to the popular genre of music.

Queens Public Library has embarked on a mission to recognize and promote the positive evolution within the hip-hop community. We provide Queens Public Library customers programming that will enhance their knowledge of the worldwide music movement and cultural phenomenon. This will reflect the important role Queens’s communities played in hip-hop's ascension from a local art form to an internationally recognized movement.

While providing programs that promote the overall mission, Queens Public Library will also collect and display artifacts such as pictures, periodicals, audio tapes, video tapes, writings, news articles, flyers, and oral histories from people involved with the music from the origins of the genre, up until present day.

Goals include bringing awareness to the fundamental elements of hip-hop culture.

Pioneering TV host and hip-hop historian Ralph McDaniels is Hip-Hop Coordinator for Queens Public Library.