The Art of Storytelling: A Hip Hop Time Capsule

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The Art of Storytelling: A Hip Hop Time Capsule

From Rakim to A$AP Rocky, the BET Hip Hop Awards, which aired last night, gave love to hip hop old and new. But what if the HHAs aren't enough to preserve the culture for future generations? In a thousand years, when Martians touch down, how will our great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren explain hip hop and its achievements to them? We have the answer: a time capsule. Here, we've assembled a list of key hip hop mementos that best sum up this incredible music and culture. Click on and take a good look, 'cause once we bury our time capsule, you won't see them again — unless you're around in 3012. —Alex Gale

(Photos from left: Courtesy Bad Boy Records, Kevin Mazur/WireImage, Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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