The Universal Hip Hop Museum is one step closer to being a reality. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on a measure to contribute $3-point-7 million bucks to the project as part of a statewide New York economic and community development package.
The Bronx-based museum was “chartered by the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents to document, preserve and celebrate” global Hip Hop music. The executive team backing the project along with the state of New York includes executive director Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Kurtis Blow, who’ll serve as board chairmen. Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, and Fab Five Freddy – all of whom spent their formative years in the New York City borough – will be cultural ambassadors.
Construction on the Universal Hip Hop Museum is set to start this summer and last through 2023. If you need your fix of hip-hop history, they’re operating a pop-up exhibit in the Bronx Terminal Market. From there, it’ll move to the Bronx Point, which is located off the Major Deegan Expressway.