It was long time coming for HIP HOP culture to have its own place to celebrate its greats influence to the world of music, culture, dance and much more. The Universal Hip Hop Museum is part of a $65 million development project in the South Bronx, called “Bronx Point.” The project also includes space for nonprofit organizations and affordable housing.
Bronx-born Rocky Bucano serves as executive director of the Universal Hip-Hop Museum. “We knew it was important because the Bronx is where hip-hop started,” Bucano told CNN. “It’s crazy to think of how hip-hop — which has such an influence on pop culture, advertising, politics — doesn’t have a place to call home.”
In 2018, the Universal Hip Hop Museum announced that Public Enemy’s Chuck D would serve as the chairman of the museum’s celebrity board, joining UHHM’s chairman of the board Kurtis Blow; UHMM cultural ambassadors include Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash and Fab Five Freddy.
The museum will have many installations and rooms focusing on all of the Hip Hop elements. They even teamed up with “The [R]evolution of Hip Hop Breakbeat Narratives,” a team led by D. Fox Harrell, professor of digital media and artificial intelligence and director of the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality, to created an art installation that takes museum-goers on an interactive, personalized journey through hip hop history.