December 14 2009
There is the Rock N' Roll Hall of fame, the Experience Music Project, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and the Country Hall of Fame and Museum, but no Hip hop museum until now (sort of). There are plans to create the National Museum of Hip -Hop in the birthplace of hip hop - The Bronx. The National Museum of Hip-Hop is a non-profit institution that was founded in late 2005. The propose museum is a $300 million project, and will be housed within a 75,000-150,000+ sq. foot in the Bronx. Craig Wilson is the man behind the museum and the organization has garnered the backing of quite a few people including Bob Santelli of the Grammy Museum, Terry Stewart of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum), industry executives (Russell Simmons of Def Jam, Dr. Ben Chavis of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network) and one music historian (author Jim Fricke).
Here are a couple of proposed renderings of the museum:
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Fundraising efforts for this project kicks off in February 2010 with huge event. The event will be hosted by Chuck D. of Public Enemy and KRS-One.
From the press release:
This Red Carpet affair will take place on Feb 9, 2010 at the M2 Ultra Lounge, 530 West 28th Street, NYC.
Hosted by Chuck D and KRS One, this exclusive star-studded gala will raise funds and awareness for the construction and community initiatives of the museum. Guests will have a preview of some of the museum's building plans and programs.
This "invitation only" affair will welcome entertainment executives, celebrity rappers, dj's, b-boys, legendary graffiti artists, Hollywood entertainers, celebrity media personalities, and community leaders. Guests include: Ice T, Akon, Redman, Dana Dane, MC Lyte, Kurtis Blow, Nice -n- Smooth, DJ Red Alert, Kid Capri, Ralph Mcdaniels, Ja Rule, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Black Sheep, Cold Crush Brothers, Rock Steady Crew, Furious Five, Brand Nubian, Chubb Rock, Bones Thugs -N-Harmony, The Roots, Pete Rock, D Nice, Marley Marl, N.O.R.E., Kid –n- Play, Roxanne Shante, Melly Mel, and an extensive list of others.
NPR's All Thing's Considered recently interviewed Craig Wilson about the project. You can check it out below.
Here are some more details about the museum (via Paste Magazine)
New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority is contributing old train cars for visitors to tag, just as Wilson did when he was younger. Microsoft is developing software for a digital wall, to host both pixelated versions of graffiti tags and music videos in which visitors can superimpose themselves. And Chuck D and KRS-One will craft lesson plans for the museum’s upcoming, free seminars on the U.S. political process. Wilson says that all of this can cost anywhere from $150 to $250 million.