The National Hip-Hop Museum to Honor Hip-Hop Legend Special Ed on Saturday, March 11, in Washington, DC

Hip Hop Museum Special Ed

A grand induction ceremony,  grand opening celebration, and special live performance will be part of the scheduled festivities at the museum’s flagship retail location, The Hip Hop Shop

Washington, DC  (March 9, 2023) – Hip Hop Legend, Serial Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist Ed “Special Ed” Archer will be inducted into The National Hip-Hop Museum on Saturday, March 11, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. at The Hip-Hop Shop located in the Dupont/Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. 

In addition to the Grand Induction Ceremony, where Special Ed will be joined by fellow hip hop pioneers CL Smooth and Dres (of Black Sheep fame), there will be a grand opening celebration for its newest dispensary location, The Orbit Shop (located within The Hip Hop Shop). 

The Hip-Hop Shop opened earlier this year and has the largest selection of Hip-Hop memorabilia on the East Coast, including vintage apparel, sneakers, toys, memorabilia, vinyl, and art. It is the National Hip-Hop Museum’s flagship retail and event space. The new space is conveniently located at 1919 18th St NW (at the corner of 18th and Florida).

Saturday’s festivities include a live performance by Special Ed featuring his lifelong DJ and friend DJ Akshun Love.

Special Ed will dedicate his performance to SEAL Arts & Literacy, his newly formed federally recognized national 501(c)3 organization. SEAL’s mission is to change the lives of the youth through self-expression, hip-hop music, and education. For more information and to support, visit

For all media inquiries or to schedule interviews with Special Ed, contact Jameka Whitten at 704.965.3297 or Special Ed will be available on-site for interviews. 

About Special Ed

Edward “Special Ed” Archer enjoyed incredible success in 1989 with hit singles like I Got It Made and I’mThe Magnificent from the album Youngest In Charge, which cemented his place in hip-hop history. His career has spanned over 30 years, including television, film, and producing music for various major recording artists, including Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, and Junior Mafia. Jay-Z pays homage to Special Ed in his chart-topping single Empire State of Mind featuring Alicia Keys, and Rick Ross remixed I’m The Magnificent proving that the Special Ed legacy is alive, well, and thoroughly respected by today’s music industry. In addition, Ed is an astute businessman,  entrepreneur, and philanthropist who is currently serving as the Chairman of the board of SEAL Arts & Literacy, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Charlotte, NC.