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Set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the inception of hip-hop, The Universal Hip Hop Museum is slated to open to the public in 2023.

The museum will house numerous artifacts and interactive displays across 50,000 square feet in Bronx Point, along the Harlem River in the Bronx.

Widely regarded as the home of hip-hop, the Bronx witnessed the evolution of the genre during the 70s. Credited to DJ Kool Herc in 1973,then Clive Campbell, who was DJing his sister’s back-to-school party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, a Mitchell Llama building in the Bronx neighborhood of Morris Heights, hip-hop’s rightful home is undoubtedly the streets of New York City.

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Set to span across two floors, the museum will allow visitors to immerse themselves in history, spin records in a DJ booth, visit a recording studio, project their drawings on the building, and take the stage with some of hip hop’s biggest icons.

Hip-hop legend and chairman of the board of the Universal Hip-Hop Museum, Kurtis Blow says “there are a lot of untold stories, human interest stories that will be in the museum.” He continues on the UHHM website, “it is just going to be an awesome, awesome piece of history for this culture.”

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Joining him on the board is Public Enemy’s Chuck D. “The credibility he brings to our team is mammoth,” Blow said. “He also understands the importance of the UHHM and vows to let the world know via a star-studded celebrity board in the near future. Flame on!”

Set to be the most significant permanent celebration of the culture yet, the leadup to the opening coincides with Nielsen reporting that hip-hop has, for the first time in history, surpassed rock as the most popular genre in the United States.

On February 13, 2019 plans to break ground for the museum were confirmed on the location along the Harlem River at 65 E. 149th St., just south of Yankee Stadium.

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Kish Lal

Kish Lal is a pop culture critic based in New York.

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