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Hip Hop stamps arrive July 1

The Hip Hop stamps depict rapping, break dancing, DJing and graffiti art and are digitally tinted to appear in motion.

The Postal Service will release its Hip Hop stamps on July 1, celebrating a music, dance and art movement that has profoundly influenced American and global culture.

The term “hip-hop” encompasses rapping, DJing, break dancing and graffiti art.

The movement was born in the streets of New York City during the mid-1970s and went on to shape music and culture around the world.

The pane of 20 stamps highlights each of the hip-hop activities in four designs accented by a vivid yellow, green, red and black color scheme. The digitally tinted images are intended to appear in motion.

Antonio Alcalá, a USPS art director, designed the stamps, incorporating photographs by Cade Martin.

The stamps will be available at Post Offices and