Shani is proud to be an advisor for the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap, a thoroughly researched and thoughtfully curated set of nine CDs, eleven scholarly essays and a 300-page coffee table book that acts as an extension of the museum’s permanent collections. The project was produced over seven years from launch to completion, with the care and intention befitting the weight and scope of hip-hop’s story.  Its August 2021 launch comes as the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) prepares to celebrate its five-year anniversary, and highlights its ongoing mission to tell the stories of American history through the African American lens. It follows other defining collections from Smithsonian Folkways, the Anthology of American Folk Music and Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology.