Tracing its origins from West African griot traditions and African American and Caribbean linguistic styles, hip-hop is rooted in Black culture. The Black Arts Movement of the ’60s put artists like the Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron in the spotlight and paved the way for this new genre that formed the culmination of its musical forebears as it emerged at the end of the disco era. NMAAM salutes DJ Kool Herc and the countless emcees, DJs, breakdancers, beatboxers, and visual artists who came to dominate the genre in its early years.