Years after the concept was brought into mainstream media and after thoughtful deliberation, the Hip Hop Hall of Fame has found a home in Harlem. According to reports, the Hip Hop Hall of Fame organization has won a bid to acquire a major building development on 125th Street and are seeking to raise about $150 million to support the development. In addition to “preserve, archive, exhibit, educate and showcase hip hop music and culture from around the world” the museum will also exhibit “important and unique documentation of hip-hop’s development and its impact on social trends” and include a gallery, visitor’s bureau, gift shop and cafe. They’re also in discussion for a potential 20-story high complex which featuring a concert lounge, five-star hotel, mall, arcade, and sports bar.
This begs the question over what will happen to the rappers who are currently featured in the Rock’n’Roll hall of fame. Will they be transferred over to this hall or will the Hip Hop hall of fame retroactively feature influencing rock artists?
The tentative opening date for the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame is set for February 2018.