Why Hip-Hop Deserves Its Own Museum
This past Wednesday in New York City, hip-hop pioneers Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, Kurtis Blow, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Grandmaster Melle Mel, photographer Joe Conzo and others were honored at City Hall for their contributions to the culture that began so many years ago in the Boogie Down Bronx.
“New York City is more than eight million strong, but for nearly 40 years, a completely unique rhythm has galvanized into a signature style known as hip-hop,” said the City Council proclamation. “Since its birth in the South Bronx in the 1970s, hip-hop has given those living in neighborhoods with abandoned buildings, crime and poverty a means of escape. Today, hip-hop is an international multibillion dollar phenomenon that encompasses much more than just music.”