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Legendary Detroit artists honored at opening of hip hop history display

Awesome Dre (left) and Khalid El-Hakim of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum)   STEVE FURAY PHOTO

Awesome Dre (left) and Khalid El-Hakim of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum) STEVE FURAY PHOTO

By Steve Furay
Special to the Michigan Citizen

May 24 marked another milestone in Detroit hip hop history, when the Black History 101 Mobile Museum celebrated the opening of its permanent display at 5e Gallery in Detroit. The display — a unique collection of memorabilia from some of hip hop’s greatest artists and moments in time — features items from legendary international artists and local heroes alike, designed to give audiences young and old a fresh perspective on the global influence of the culture.

Awesome Dre, one of Detroit’s most recognized pioneers of hip hop, was present to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. Nikki D also received a lifetime achievement award, accepting via telephone from Ghana, west Africa.

“We just were doing it for the love, and trying to impress each other. It wasn’t like we were going to make a million dollars and get all of this bling,” said Awesome Dre, whose 1989 album “You Can’t Hold Me Back” reached the Billboard R&B/hip hop charts and inspired a generation of Detroit rap artists. “When you do it for the love,” he said, “you eventually will get that acknowledgment.”

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