The New York City Universal Hip-hop Museum (UHHM) is slated to open in 2022 in the Bronx. Founded by Rocky Bucano, Kurtis Blow, Shawn LG Thomas, Grandwizzard Theodore, Mickey Bentson, and , Joe Conzo Jr. the museum “celebrates and preserves the history of local and global hip-hop music and culture to inspire, empower, and promote understanding,” according to the UHHM website.
The museum backed by Kurtis Blow ( UHHM Chairman), Ice-T (member of the founding board of directors), and LL Cool J (cultural ambassador), will feature a recording studio, virtual graffiti wall, photos, records, artifacts, and books featuring the genre’s progress.
The first two floors of the building will house the museum what the New York City Economic Development Corporation is calling Bronx Point may have some competition.
The new mega-complex along the Harlem-River waterfront and just blocks from the Yankee Stadium, will compete with the Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame in Midtown Manhattan. Founded in 1992 by Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Awards creator and executive producer James ‘JT’ Thompson was launched globally at Sylvia’s, Harlem’s historic restaurant in 1995. This unveiling showcased museum plans, programs, and the BET Cable Network deal for the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show. Unfortunately the awards show was disrupted when advertisers funding was pulled after the Tupac Shakur murder in 1996, and after The Notorious B.I.G murder in 1997.