The Museum of the City of New York is taking us back to the early days of hip hop with a new exhibit set to open next week.

Titled Hip-Hop Revolution, the event will showcase the work of three NYC photographers who documented the scene between 1977 and 1990. The featured artists are Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper, who each played critical roles in promoting the look and vibes of hip hop’s pioneering days, including its music, dancing, fashion, and style.

“We’re seeing in these photographs the foundation of what many people consider a way of life today,” said Sean Corcoran, who produced the exhibition for the museum. He went on to explain how the photographs “show the development of a culture from the grassroots, and these photographers were part of propagating the culture to ever expanding audiences. This is really a New York story.”

More than 100 original photos will be on display at the exhibit, which will open to the public on Wednesday, April 1 and conclude on Sept. 13.

To learn more about Hip Hop Revolution, including how to cop tickets, go to the Museum of the City of New York’s website

Almighty KG of the Cold Crush Brothers at Harlem World 1981: Photography by Joe Conzo
EPMD Babylon Long Island 1989: Photography by Janette Beckman
High Times Crew breaking outside transit police station, Washington Heights, Manhattan 1980: Photography by Martha Cooper
Salt N Pepa 1987: Photography by Janette Beckman
Tony Tone and Kool Herc Backstage at T-Connection 1979: Photography by Joe Conzo