hip hop museum

The Hip-Hop Hall of Fame is something that should have been done ages ago, but with the culture moving at an incredibly fast pace including a few wardrobe changes, now is the perfect time to honor and give tribute to the pioneers of hip-hop.

JT Thompson, the museum organizer, spoke to the NY Daily News about his involvement in the project. “This will be the home of Hip Hop history,” he says. “People need to understand the importance of Hip Hop, the elements, the DJs, the B-boys and B-girls and the graffiti writers.” JT Thompson also says that he’d been planning the museum for years, but the deaths of legends The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac delayed the plans. Kenny Syder, the museum’s co-chair, believes in Thompson‘s hope that the facility will inspire education in its visitors. “Hip-hop got a bad rep,” Syder said. “With this museum, it’s important to sit on the other side of it.”

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame, which will be located on the historic 125th street in Harlem and another location near Times Square, is slated to become an important resource for today’s youth in addition to it being a musical memory lane of sorts. The facility will reportedly also offer a youth media education academy, which is awesome, because young people are involved in the digital world in almost every aspect of our lives today.

See photos of the museum designs below! This is definitely going to be a day-trip destination for plenty of people!

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If you’re a true hip-hop fan and you can get to the city easily, this might be your new hang out spot! In addition to the already cool exhibits of hip-hop history, the museum will also contain a gift shop, a coffee and juice bar and a TV studio!

Donations from the best artists of the genre have already started to pour in. This will be a learning institution, so visiting children will get to see some great ancient artifacts from artists like 2 PacThe Zulu Nation, The Noe .rious B.I.G.Run-DMC, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg (or “Doggy Dogg” as he was once called) and more.

Organizers hope to begin construction next summer and open the museum to the public in 2017. The organization has also launched an indiegogo campaign to raise $500,000 to help with building and maintenance costs. Thompson tells NY Daily News that with project costs totaling $80 million, that “close to $50 million has already been funded.”

Check out the official HipHopHOF website for more info.