Rhythm and rhyme

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 usps.com.