Hip Hop

Hip Hop

Forever 55¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 7/1/2020

In 2020, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates hip hop. Since its inception more than four decades ago, the electrifying music, dance, and art movement has profoundly influenced American and global popular culture.

This pane of 20 stamps features Cade Martin’s photographs depicting four elements of hip hop: MCing (rapping), b-boying (break dancing), DJing, and graffiti art.

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  • In 2020, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates hip hop. Since its inception more than four decades ago, the electrifying music, dance, and art movement has profoundly influenced American and global popular culture.

    This pane of 20 stamps features Cade Martin’s photographs depicting four elements of hip hop: MCing (rapping), b-boying (break dancing), DJing, and graffiti art. The bold, digitally tinted images on the stamps are intended to appear in motion. There are five stamps of each design. The words “Forever” and “USA,” “Hip Hop,” and the name of the element featured appear across the top of each stamp. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps, which are highlighted with a vivid yellow, green, red, and black color scheme.

    A dynamic youth culture emerged in the mid-1970s at playgrounds and community centers in African American and Afro Caribbean neighborhoods in New York City. The term “hip hop” refers to four creative activities that developed together: rapping, DJing, break dancing, and graffiti art. Even before hip hop music hit the radio airwaves in 1979, teenagers developed hip hop for neighborhood fun, for storytelling and to speak out about social issues overlooked by mainstream society.

    Socially conscious community leaders and artists eventually began dedicating their energy to educating and preserving the four elements of hip hop. Understanding the roots of hip hop became a defining part of the culture itself, so much so that this knowledge is now widely known as hip hop’s fifth element.

    Over the next several decades, hip hop grew into a global musical and cultural force. Not only are hip-hop artists found in every corner of the world, but each scene also brings its own contributions to the art form and tells its own local stories.

    The Hip Hop stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 476504

  • Issue:Hip Hop Stamps
    Item Number:476500
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Pane of 20 (4 designs)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:July 1, 2020, New York, NY 10199
    Art Director:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Designer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Typographer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Photographer:Cade Martin, Bethesda, MD
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:20,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):0.84 x 1.42 in./21.336 x 36.068 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.98 x 1.56 in./24.892 x 39.624 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):5.92 x 7.45 in./150.368 x 189.23 mm
    Press Sheet Size (w x h):11.84 x 22.35 in./ 300.736 x 567.69 mm
    Colors:PMS 7549 C Yellow, PMS Black 6 C, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
    Plate Size:240 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“P” followed by five (5) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Header: Hip Hop • Plate number in bottom two corners
    Back:• ©2019 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (476500) • Promotional text • Plate position diagram (6)

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