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.