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Roots, Rhymes and Rage
The first hip-hop exhibit in a major museum opened to the public Nov. 11, 1999, but The 411 Online got a sneak peek inside. And just in case you didn't make it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland during the show, we brought back plenty of pictures of the exhibit and live performances by Public Enemy, Bone, Slick Rick, Outkast, Goodie Mob and the Youngbloodz at the kickoff party.

The exhibit
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony representing their hometown
More Bone
More Bone
The four elements of hip-hop video display
The entryway to the exhibit
The first section: The Roots
A costume from back in the day
Old school posters
Assorted posters
Public Enemy's collection of hats
More posters
Assorted fliers
More Roots
Run DMC's glasses, hats and Adidas
N.W.A, MC Ren and Above the Law hats donated by Jerry Heller
EPMD, Fat Boys posters
Rakim's jacket from the cover of Follow the Leader
Digital Underground and Naughty By Nature items
Photo collage
L.L. Cool J's jacket
More of the photo collage
Sketch for P.E.'s platinum ad
Read the fine print
It wouldn't be complete without a parental advisory
Run DMC albums
DJ Yella, Dr. Dre and the World Class Wreckin' Cru
MTV's video documentary
A pair of Jay-Z's shoes
Africa medallions and De La Soul items
Old school fliers
The Golden Era display
More of the collage
Another part of the collage
A jacket from Salt and Pepa's "Push It" video
Public Enemy albums
P.E. sketches
More P.E.
P.E.'s original masters
Notorious B.I.G.'s wardrobe
A P.E. jacket from their 1990 tour
Terminator X's turntables
Movie posters and a Master P doll
A staircase of album covers
Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" outfit
Vanilla Ice's infamous outfit and more movie posters
N.W.A jackets
Los Angeles Times coverage of the riots
Another L.A. Times clipping
The letter from the FBI to N.W.A
Original flier for N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton
"High Rollers" lyrics from Ice-T's notebook
2 Live Crew's obscenity ruling
"We're All in the Same Gang" jacket
An airbrushed Luke jacket
Hip-hop magazine collage
The Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic" outfits
Puff Daddy and Mase's shiny suits
2Pac's leather outfit from "All About U" and P.E. coats
More magazines and Missy Elliott's "garbage bag" outfit
A DMX jersey and Slick Rick's throne
"Intergalactic" outfits again
One wall of the sixth floor
The opposite wall
Def Jam label on the floor
Slick Rick's throne
One of Busta Rhymes' outfits from "Woo Hah!"
Poster from 1987 Def Jam tour
Flavor Flav's clock
Influential records

The performances
Emcees Joe Clair and Big Tigger
Youngbloodz and Jim Crow
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 2
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 3
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 4
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 5
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 6
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 7
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 8
Slick Rick's throne awaits The Ruler
Slick Rick
Slick Rick 2
Slick Rick 3
Slick Rick 4 (w/ Outkast's Big Boi)
Slick Rick 5
Slick Rick 6
Slick Rick 7
Slick Rick 8
Outkast 2
Outkast 3
Outkast 4
Outkast 5
Outkast 6
Outkast 7
Outkast 8 (w/ Slick Rick)
Outkast 9 (w/ Goodie Mob)
Outkast 10
Outkast 11
Outkast 12
Outkast 13
Outkast 14
Scarface makes an appearance
The S1W's clear the way for Public Enemy
Public Enemy
Public Enemy 2
Public Enemy 3
Public Enemy 4
Public Enemy 5
Public Enemy 6
Public Enemy 7
Public Enemy 8
Public Enemy 9
Public Enemy 10
The show's over

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