It's been a long time coming, but plans are finally set to open two Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museums on Harlem's 125th St. and in Midtown, according to New York Daily News. The museums will showcase jackets, turntables, and other memorabilia donated by artists like Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Outkast, Young Jeezy, Common, Eminem, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa; other planned features and amenities include television and radio studios, a youth media training center, and coffee and juice bars. The Harlem location is scheduled to be open in April of 2015, and the Midtown space will break ground this summer with an aim of being open to the public by 2017.
JT Thompson, a former producer of BET's Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards show and a driving force behind the museum, told the NYDN that "This will be the home of hip hop history." Co-chair of the museum's entertainment committee Kenny Syder added that "Hip-hop got a bad rep. With this museum, it's important to sit on the other side of it."
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