Museum Merchandise Monday: Trap Music Museum

For those who have Boosie, Rick Ross, T.I., UGK…heck even OutKast on a cassette tape, compact disc, vinyl and/or digital device …this merch is for you.

The Trap Music Museum which is a temporary Pop-Up Museum curated by rapper T.I., exhibits a lifestyle many have only had to experience through song. Still, some listeners use trap music for the motivation to roll out of bed in the morning and get to class or work. Many of these songs have helped audiences face and break through their own feelings of entrapment. These songs have soundtracked house parties/kick backs, sports games, and straight hustle.

In 2015, Elite Daily Magazine reported on a psychological study that found “the level of bass, volume, tempo, genre and lyrics, all had the potential to affect our experience of empowerment.”

The Trap Music Museum provides an unprecedented means to examine and in many ways celebrate the music sub-genre’s cultural significance.

So for this #MuseumMerchMonday let’s take a look at what the #trapmusicmuseum has to offer it’s visitors — $30 t-shirts, $60 hoodies. Uniquely packaged and placed inside a boutique bag that can also serve as a keepsake item.

Shaolin Jazz at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

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The first time I visited the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, which was probably back in ‘07, I knew the space was special. Tucked away in the community of Anacostia, miles from it’s other Smithsonian counterparts, it is one of the “quieter” museums. For those who have experienced the Smithsonian corridor located near the Washington Monument, you know the wait times to get into certain museums and exhibits can sometimes take hours, days, and weeks. But not the Anacostia Community Museum. Now, in no way shape or form is this a reflection of the quality of exhibits and programming that are being produced at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. The space continues to provide the intellectual value that founder John R. Kinard and company delivered years ago. Encouraging visitors to reflect on everything from DC’s environmental concerns to the history of the Gullah Geechee people. And in most cases when there is a special program like a film festival or exhibit opening night, the museum event space is standing room only. Yesterday was an example of that || Yesterday, while I was stuck in traffic, I decided to break up my drive and stretch my legs a bit by visiting the Anacostia Museum. I started out by viewing and making my mark on the @amandalburnham @cultural_dc installation “Block Watch”. Followed by catching a performance by @shaolinjazz then I finally took a self-guided tour of “A Right to the City”. And I’ll just say everything about Burnham’s Mobile Art Gallery, the museum’s exhibit design and the live music performance was amazing….here are a few clips from that experience ~”The Historian”

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Attended All The Fly Kids Podcast Taping Featuring Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson of Rare Essence

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If you visit DC MD or Northern VA, I’d highly advise placing a “Live Go-Go Show” on your things to do list.

I popped into the #alltheflykids live podcast taping last night. They sat down with Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson to talk about the history of Go-Go and his band, @rewickedestband . He shared moments like the time Jay-Z’s “Do it again (put ya hands up)” sounded so much like Rare Essence’s “Overnight Scenario” that the whole city came to their defense. In which Jay-Z expressed that Go-Go bands cover hip-hop and R&B songs all the time

One particular takeaway that was interesting to me was how “Whiteboy” earned his nickname. He shared that as a young guitar player he would listen to Aerosmith and other white bands. That was obviously rare for a young black kid from DC…his friends responded to his listening of “white music” by giving him the nickname “Whiteboy”

There was a lot of great history past, present and future captured during last night’s interview. I’ll be sure to share the link when it becomes available. For the time being here is the Rare Essence rendition of Ashley Simpson’s “Pieces of Me” for your listening pleasure