A rapper’s delight indeed.
The Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Museum is headed for Midtown and Harlem, and will be New York City’s first institution focused solely on the genre.
“This will be the home of hip hop history,” said JT Thompson, who produced BET’s one-time Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Awards show in the 90s.
“People need to understand the importance of hip hop, the elements, the DJs, the B-boys and B-girls and the graffiti writers.”
The museum will feature memorabilia items such as jackets, turntables and posters donated by artists like Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Outkast, Young Jeezy, Common, Eminem, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa.
The Harlem 12,000-square-foot site on 125th St. will feature a coffee and juice bar, shops and a TV studio, while the midtown location will house similar amenities in its 50,000-square-foot space, in addition to 90-minute tours and an interactive exhibit for fans.
According to the NY Daily News, the $80 million dollar project is set to break ground in the summer of 2015, and will open to the public in 2017.
“It’s really important to honor the culture of hip hop,” said Kenny Syder, co-chair of the museum’s entertainment committee. “Hip hop got a bad rep. With this museum, it’s important to sit on the other side of it.”