Nas, Fat Joe, LL Cool J & More Broke Ground On Hip Hop MuseumHip Hop Museum In The Bronx
Thursday May 20, 2020 was truly an historic day for the culture as luminaries like Nas, Fat Joe, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, Chuck D, Slick Rick and many more broke ground on the Universal Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx.
The project is hailed as a huge move for the ethos of the worlds leading social culture. Hop Hop has taken over the world and the Universal Hip Hop Museum speaks to the legitimacy that many have denied the beloved way of life. Soon to be located at 50 East 150th street, the project will include permanent affordable housing and is slated for an official 2024 grand opening to celebrate DJ’ing, Breakdancing, Emceeing, Graffiti and Knowledge.
“A lot of times legends don’t get a chance to see their works in full-fruition, I thank all-mighty God and I thank all you Hip Hoppers, for allowing me to see this thing we did from nothing, to now.”, Grandmaster Flash said in his emotional address.
The ceremony was a monumental step in a decade-long process to see the project to execution. Executive director Rocky Bucano remarked “It’s a long journey, but a very worthwhile journey to see what should have happened already is finally happening,”. “The museum represents the creativity and the free expression that came out of this community and now has become the most powerful art form in the entire world.”
Dave East, Parrish Smith of E.P.M.D., Chuck Chillout, Naughty By Nature and even mayor Bill de Blasio were on hand for remarks and support of the $80 million, 52,000 square foot museum that will be located two miles from the hallowed Hip Hop Boulevard in the boogie down Bronx. While not much has been revealed in the way of curation or collections, heads are speculating on the exhibits and donations the institution will undoubtedly receive.
“Today we Broke Ground on the First of its kind, Hip Hop Museum. Rappers from all generations and from all boroughs pulled up today in support of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. For a young black boy from The Bronx, Hip Hop played a pivotal role in my life. Times when I didn’t know how to express myself I would listen to lyricist @nas or @daveeast.”, shared council member Kevin C. Riley on his Instagram account.
More information will be announced as construction begins and all eyes look towards a 2024 ribbon-cutting and inaugural exhibition of the Universal Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx, NY.