A picture from our 2017-2019 Queens Hip Hop Pioneers Photo Exhibit, curated by MFidel Photography.

A picture from our 2017-2019 Queens Hip Hop Pioneers Photo Exhibit, curated by MFidel Photography.

November is Hip Hop History Month! Join us and QPL Hip Hop Coordinator (and music legend) Ralph McDaniels all month long to celebrate hip hop and its legacy as a global force for culture, civil rights, and, of course, music!


Hip Hop Art Exhibit—17: The Revolution Will Be Visualized

This exhibit featuring a group of visual artists from around the U.S. is presented by Andre Leroy Davis and will run at Central Library through January 17, 2022 (Martin Luther King Day).

In a time of outrage, 17 African American artists unite in honor of Trayvon Martin and mourn the fact that he was murdered after only seventeen years of life. Different mediums, different styles, different perspectives, different visions; all with one mission to visually convey our love and support for one another, our people, but especially the life paths, struggles, pains, love, success, hardships, failures, and triumphs of the young Black male. In order to revolutionize how the world views the Black male, there must be a revolt: the Revolution will be Visualized.
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica


DJ 101 with DJ Wiz of Kid 'n Play


Hip Hop History Month Virtual Programs

All these programs can be watched on QPL’s Instagram page and as replays on QPL’s IGTV channel.

Live Talk from Queens with Ralph McDaniels
Join QPL Hip Hop Coordinator Ralph McDaniels as he talks with his special guests about hip hop, literature, community, culture, and a wide variety of topics!
Tuesdays, November 9, 16, and 30, 3pm

The History of Hip Hop in Queens with Bugsy of WBLS
Join Ralph McDaniels and Queens resident and radio personality Fred "Bugsy" Buggs of WBLS for a special edition of Live Talk from Queens about how Queens hip hop history started!
Tuesday, November 23, 3pm

Ralph McDaniels’ All Vinyl 45s Hip Hop and Soul Brunch
Join Uncle Ralph for his Instagram Live all-vinyl DJ sets of hip hop, soul, and old-school favorites, every Saturday at 1PM!
Saturdays, November 13, 20, 27, 1pm


Hip Hop History Books

Check out our Hip Hop History Month eBook list on OverDrive.

Here's a special list of books about hip hop curated by Ralph McDaniels.

Mama Phife Represents: A Verse Memoir by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Watch Cheryl Boyce-Taylor's interviews with Ralph McDaniels: Interview One (also with Roxanne Shanté), Interview Two (the 30th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory)

Miss Pat: My Reggae Music Journey by Pat Chin
Watch Pat Chin's interviews with QPL President & CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Ralph McDaniels

Rap Tees: A Collection of Hip Hop T-Shirts 1980-1999 by DJ Ross One
Watch DJ Ross One's interview with Ralph McDaniels

DMC #1 (Darryl Makes Comics) and Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels
Watch DMC's interview with Ralph McDaniels

The Motherlode: 100+ Women That Made Hip Hop by Clover Hope
Watch Clover Hope's interview with Ralph McDaniels

The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle by Rob Kenner
Watch Rob Kenner's interview with Ralph McDaniels

Hip Hop at the End of the World: The Photography of Ernie Paniccioli

Where I'm From: Growing Up Hip Hop by Ron Amen-Ra Lawrence

I Know My Rights: Bill of Rights by Mysonne Linen
Watch Mysonne Linen's interview with Ralph McDaniels

Sweat The Technique by Rakim


A Cypher in Queens

Take a look back at our 2019 hip hop art exhibit with Sherwin Banfield at Central Library in Jamaica.


Hip Hop in Queens Historical Collection on Aviary

Watch these special videos of past hip hop programs at Queens Public Library, including interviews with KRS-One, DMC, Daymond John, and many more!