(AllHipHop News) The Universal Hip Hop Museum is on pace to break ground in the Bronx in December 2019 and officially open in 2022. Two legendary rappers are already attached to the project.
Hip Hop pioneer Kurtis Blow serves as the Chairman of the Board. Blow, along with UHHM Director Rocky Bucano, announced Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D was elected Chairman of the Celebrity Board for the museum.
"My life has been dedicated to the Hip Hop genre, both serving it as an artist and curating it to share with others, and I want to carry that work over to the Universal Hip Hop Museum. The museum is what we need to organize as a collective and present its history while having a hand in its future," says Chuck.
Kurtis Blow adds, "Chuck D is one of the most intelligent and well-respected MC’s in the culture of Hip Hop. The credibility he brings to our team is mammoth. He also understands the importance of the Universal Hip Hop Museum, and vows to let the world know via a star-studded celebrity board in the near future. Flame on!!!”
The UHHM has secured $20 million in initial funding. Ralph Appelbaum Associates (The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution) was enlisted as the interpretive design team. Mike Ford and Hamilton Anderson Associates are the architectural designers.