News Release, United States Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the hip-hop movement with new Forever stamps.  

Since its inception more than four decades ago, the electrifying music, dance and art of hip-hop have profoundly influenced American and global popular culture.

 A dynamic youth culture emerged in the mid-1970s at playgrounds and community centers in African American and African 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.

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.

This pane of 20 stamps features 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,” “USA,” “Hip Hop” and the name of the element featured appear across the top of each stamp. The stamps are highlighted with a vivid yellow, green, red and black color scheme. The title of the stamp issuance, printed in red and black, is centered on the top of the pane.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps, which feature photographs by Cade Martin.

Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #HipHopPostageStamps.

About The Universal Hip Hop Museum
Anchored in the birthplace of hip-hop, The Universal Hip Hop Museum is the official museum of hip-hop founded by its pioneers. The museum celebrates and preserves the history of local and global hip-hop music and culture from the past, present and future. The museum was built as a space for audiences, artists and technology to converge and create unparalleled educational and entertainment experiences. Visit The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop, a sneak peek immersive journey through history as the museum gears up to officially open its doors in 2023. For more information visit