The Bronx will be recognized by the Smithsonian as a “Place of Invention” for the community’s role in developing innovative sound systems that led to the rise of hip hop. The exhibit is planned for the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center in Washington, D.C. and the Bronx will be recognized alongside Silicon Valley, MIT and Cambridge as well as several other communities in the US.
Grand Wizzard Theodore, who invented scratching, expressed the importance of keeping the history of hip hop alive. “I think it’s really cool that they’re doing something like this. People need to know the history behind it all,” said Theodore.