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Smithsonian Museums Step to the Mic for Epic Rap Battle

Friday's freestyle is part of a collaboration between the National Museum of African American History and Culture and legendary hip-hop artists to create "The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap"

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    Mic check, one, two, one, two.

    Several Smithsonian museums are participating in an epic rap battle.

    Starting at 11:30 a.m. ET Friday, each museum stepped to the (Twitter) mic to drop rhymes about their history and exhibitions.

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture started the battle with a nod to Jay-Z's "Public Service Announcement."

    "Allow me to re-introduce myself; My name is... the National Museum of African American History Culture (oh) N-to-the-M-A-A-H-C," the museum tweeted. 

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    Museums in other cities also got in on the action. The Children's Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana, tweeted, "This is too legit. Too legit to quit. Dancing to your #HipHopHistory. Parachute pants equipped."

    You can follow the freestyle rap battle, also known as a cypher, by using the hashtags #SmithsonianCypher and #HipHopHistory on Twitter.

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    Friday's freestyle is part of a collaboration between the National Museum of African American History and Culture and legendary hip-hop artists to create "The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap."

    So far, the museum's Kickstarter campaign has raised more than $188,000 for the creation of the anthology. The Smithsonian hopes to raise $250,000 for the project by Monday.

    We'll update this article with each museum's freestyle.