Hip-Hop Museum In Bronx, NY Gets Millions In Funding

  The New York City Council has allocated $1.5 million in funding to construct a Hip-Hop museum in the Bronx, New York.
Spearheaded by City Council member Larry Seabrook, the museum will trace Hip-Hop from its origins in the 1970's and be used as a forum to educate future generations about Hip-Hop culture.

"We're not talking about gangster rap," Councilman Seabrook told The New York Sun. "We're talking about Hip-Hop."

The new museum is part of a community center and housing development project that is being built by the nonprofit Northeast Bronx Redevelopment Corporation.

The project is reportedly to consist of several floors of low-to moderate-income housing with a gymnasium, a small theater, a recording studio, and the museum.

The Bronx, the fourth most populous of New York City's five boroughs, has long been considered as the birthplace of Hip-Hop. The museum will be the first dedicated to the documentation of Hip-Hop culture.

In February 2006, the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History announced the launching of "Hip-Hop Won't Stop," the museum's first-ever on going and evolving exhibit on Hip-Hop culture.

The exhibit showcases a permanent collection of artifacts donated by various artists that including vinyl records, handwritten lyrics, boom boxes, clothing, microphones and other artifacts.


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