The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, which will be the cityâ€™s first institution focused on the popular music genre, is headed for midtown and Harlem.
It will feature memorabilia items such as jackets, turntables and posters donated by artists like Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Outkast, Young Jeezy, Common, Eminem, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataam, according to the museumâ€™s organizer.
â€œThis will be the home of hip hop history,â€ said JT Thompson, who produced BETâ€™s one-time Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards show in the 90s.
â€œPeople need to understand the importance of hip hop, the elements, the DJs, the B-boys and B-girls and the graffiti writers,â€ he added.
The Harlem site on 125th St. will include a 12,000-square-foot museum space, a coffee and juice bar, shops and a TV studio.
It will also serve 50 children annually through its youth media program, Thompson said.Â The museumâ€™s midtown location, which will be located near Times Square, will boast similar amenities in its 50,000-square-foot space â€” in addition to 90-minute tours and an interactive exhibit for fans.
The total project costs nearly $80 million, Thompson said.Â About $50 million has already been raised, and an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign has been launched to collect $500,000 more, he added.Â Organizers hope to break ground in the summer of 2015 and open the museum to the public in 2017.