It takes a long time to build a museum. You need funding, a location, architects, curators, artifacts and a location. But it’s finally coming together for the people behind what will be hip-hop’s official museum.
Many people were pushing for it to be somewhere in the Bronx, which, of course, was the birthplace of rap and hip hop. But those favouring Harlem with its historical importance to black music won out.
The organization behind the project announced late last week that a site on 125th street will be transformed into a 20-storey(!!!) museum, designed by the same firm responsible for Barack Obama’s museum.
Nice, but how can you fill 20 stories? Slowly.
When construction begins, the focus will be one phase one, which will include a ground floor cafe, a visitors bureau, a gallery and gift store on the main floor. The museum will be on the second floor along with an event space and a multi-media studio for television and film production. All that should be ready by sometime next year.
Then it’s time for phase two, which is projected to include a hotel, shopping (a mall has been mentioned), a sports bar and a concert lounge. There’s no projected completion date for any of that.
The people behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame must be insanely jealous.