The National Museum of the African American music unveiled a new exhibit honoring the Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne. The rapper, who just celebrated his 40th birthday in September. 27, NMAAM thanked in a statement.
“I am very grateful to work with NMAAM and show students how Hip-Hop has had such a huge impact on culture,” said Lil Wayne. “Shout out to NMAAM for all the birthday love.”
Fans who come to the exhibition are open until Dec. 27, will be able to see Wayne’s 2009 Grammy for Rap Album of the Year (for Tha Carter III), his clothes, a CD of his Tha Block is hot studio album, a handwritten letter written during his time in Riker’s prison, and several items.
The museum based in Nashville, will also feature live-streamed lectures from Vanderbilt professors of African American and Diaspora Studies, Drs. Gillum Sharpley and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.
Visitors will have access to an interactive rap studio where they will be able to record themselves singing the rapper’s iconic lyrics. They will also be greeted by a recorded virtual speech given by the musician.
President and CEO of NMAAM H. Beecher Hicks III noted in the release, “We are thrilled to honor and highlight Lil Wayne and begin our relationship with such a generous donation. On the heels of Mr. Carter expressing his interest in partnering with us , and we found out that 10 years ago he became the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most contributions on Billboard Hot 100 with 109 songs.”