Hip hop royalty gathered in New York City on Thursday (May 20) to lay the foundation for a Universal Hip Hop Museum, which gave birth to culture.
Likes icons Naas, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash, Fat Joe, Slick Rick And came together in the Bronx of New York and placed shovels for an official ceremony celebrating the construction of the museum described by the Bronx Borough President Reuben Diaz Jr.. As “long overdue”.
Diaz made his remarks at the ceremony, quoting the lyrics of the song. Boogie Down Productions’ “South Bronx” and “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
“Hip hop continues to mature. It started from the early days of young boys and girls who saw the rest of the world ignore us,” he said. New York Daily News. “Showing the rest of the world that injustice was happening in the South Bronx, in Eastern New York, in Manhattan, in Harlem. God bless you all, and God bless hip hop.”
Fat Joe said that hip hop “came out of the Bronx like Vietnam.”
“I’m just a kid, I’m 8 years old, and I’m listening to hip hop,” he said during his comment, Daily News. “And I knew that’s what I wanted to do. It was born out of nothing, and it has fed millions and millions of people.”
During his remarks, Grandmaster Flash recalled the early days of an event that would affect culture around the world.
“This is a really special time,” he said suffocating. “There was a time when nobody gave an af ** k about the Bronx. Nobody cared. The work we were doing was antithetical to everything.”
LL Cool J, who was born in Queens, acknowledged that the Bronx was the “Mecca of Hip Hop”, explaining how much the culture affected his life.
“When I saw Run-DMC, it moved my soul,” the rap legend said during his comment, according to Daily News. “And from that time on, I knew that I had a journey that I was going to dedicate for the rest of my life.”
The $ 60 million, 52,000-square-foot museum financed through city, state and private funds will be located at 710 Exterior Street in the Bronx Terminal Market.