New York City is credited with being the birthplace of Hip Hop music. Therefore, it’s only fitting that the Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Museum will be located right here in the Big Apple.
The nonprofit group behind the project announced this week that it will build the museum on 125th Street in Harlem. The goal is to open phase one of the future museum by February 2018.
The goal of the museum is to preserve, archive and showcase hip-hop music and culture over the 40 years since the art form began. It will include a gallery, ground floor cafe and a gift shop. The second floor will have a museum, event space, offices and a multimedia studio.
The second phase of the building’s development will include a TV studio, hotel and restaurants.
Some of the more notable names in the New York hip-hop movement will be featured in the museum. The list includes Run-D.M.C., Jay-Z, Nas, Kurtis Blow, The Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and Doug E. Fresh.
The vision for the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame is similar to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The organizing committee believes the museum could bring in approximately 1 million visitors a year, generate $350 million in economic activity and create jobs.
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