20-Story, $150 Million Hip Hop Museum Coming To Harlem — But It’s WAY More Than That
It’s being called a “labor of love.” There’s something sparking in the historically-Black city, and it might help keep hip hop alive for years to come.
HARLEM, NEW YORK — A 20-story building was just acquired by the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum, according to Huffington Post. This is for a development project Army veteran JT Thompson has put in place.
The source says it’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility, whose mission will be to “preserve, archive, exhibit, educate, and showcase hip-hop Music and culture from around the world.”
— Hip Hop Hall of Fame (@HipHopHoF) May 27, 2017
It’s not just a museum…
The Huffington Post reports that “phase one” of the project is set to begin in February 2018. Additionally, the source notes as follows.
“The museum’s development plan will include, among other things, a multimedia film production studio and a television content production center for students ‘that will be training for careers in tech and media, while producing real-life content for the museum, and the hip hop television channel network’.”
— Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) June 12, 2017
According to Thompson, hip hop is about more than music. To him, it’s about empowering yourself and “moving beyond [the music].”
“The HHHOF and I have a duty and responsibility to preserve this rich history of music and culture. [You need to] pull yourself up by your bootstraps to pursue your dreams.”
But wait, there’s more…
On top of the aforementioned functions of the HHHOF construction, Thompson has more plans for the 20-story facility.
According to Huffington Post, Thompson is also going to add a “5-star hotel, retail mall, an arcade, restaurant and concert lounge” within the building.
Thompson is serious about hip hop, and it’s completely awesome!
— Hip Hop Hall of Fame (@HipHopHoF) March 18, 2017
The source reports that he has started a $150 million fundraiser to help with the expenses.
With such excellence in mind, he should be able to meet his goal with the hip hop community’s help, right? Especially with the community being worldwide.
Thompson further elaborates his position as follows.
“This has been a labor of love. It’s had its valleys, mountains, peaks and falloffs. In the Army, I had leaders, mentors and brothers like teammates working to achieve something special. In life and in business, be disciplined and finish strong without quitting.”
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