Welcome to the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop

Welcome to the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop, an interactive journey through history using artifacts, multimedia, artificial intelligence, holograms, and virtual and augmented technologies. The centerpiece installation “[R]Evolution of Hip Hop Breakbeat Narratives” featuring the Elementals. This immersive journey is a collaboration between the Universal Hip Hop Museum, Microsoft and the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality, offering museum-goers the ability to take home a playlist of songs through a personalized narrative of Hip Hop history.

About the Exhibit

The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop: An immersive journey through Hip Hop Hisotry is conceived by creative agents from multiple artistic backgrounds that employ archives and experimental storytelling techniques focusing on the five elements of Hip Hop – MCing, DJing, Breakdancing, Aerosol Art,  Knowledge. The new exhibit opening on November 5th celebrates Hip Hop’s emergence from the park jams and the projects to night clubs, national concert tours, TV and motion pictures circa 1980 to 1985. The innovative music, art, dance and fashion that first permeated city streets in the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn and Queens in the 1970s made its way Downtown. Saavy club promoters and risk-taking entrepreneurs would fuel the commercialization of Hip Hop culture and would give rise to the first Rap record labels, Master-Mixes on Black radio and the first smash hits on the Billboard charts. This arts and cultural revolution would soon spread Hip Hop to the West Coast and to every corner of the world.

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Kurtis Walker (born August 9, 1959), professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is Hip Hop’s first superstar. He is a trained singer, professional songwriter, record/film producer, b-boy, DJ, public speaker and ordained minister. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major record label. “The Breaks”, a single from his 1980 self-titled debut album, is the first certified gold record rap song for Hip Hop. Throughout his career he has released 15 albums and is currently tour around the world.

About the Curators

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Rocky Bucano

Executive Director

Rocky Bucano is President and Chairman of the Board of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. He is also a licensed financial advisor who specializes in investments, Medicare health plans, estate planning, retirement and insurance. In 1987, Rocky Bucano left his television career behind to launch the Bronx based Strong City Records with Hip Hop icon DJ Jazzy Jay. In 2006, Bucano became the executive director of the Mott Haven Bronx based New York Gauchos Basketball Program. The Gauchos program has placed more than 30 high school students into college on full athletic scholarship and has witnessed three of its former players achieve NBA distinction.

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Nana Ashhurst

Chairman Board of Trustees

Nana Ashhurst is Chairwoman of the Board for Universal Hip Hop Museum. Nana is the former president of Def Jam Recordings and Rush Communications. A modern-day renaissance woman in her own right, Ashhurst has embraced multiple professions, from the producer of the Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam, to development specialist, minister, philanthropist and activist. Additionally, she was named one of Ebony Magazine’s “One Hundred Most Promising Black Women in Corporate America,” and is the proud recipient of the Black Radio Exclusive President’s Award. Nana has recently retired from Sarah Lawrence College where she was the Major Gifts Officer for the school.

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Adam Silverstein

Director of Archives and Collections

Touched by the consciousness of Hip Hop in 1979, Adam Silverstein has been inspired to preserve and share Hip Hop Kulture through the collection, maintenance and accessibility of artifacts. Silverstein practiced law for 18 years prior to becoming an Advisory Board Member of the Universal Hip Hop Museum and then the Director of Archives & Collections.

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Paradise

Chief Curator

Paradise Gray is the Chief Curator and Advisory Board Member of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. He is a Hip-Hop historian and legend from the South Bronx who was mentored by pioneering DJs, and has a collection of Hip Hip artifacts preserved beginning in 1979. He was entertainment manager, booking agent and host of the world-famous Hip Hop club, “The Latin Quarter,” which was the incubator of “The Golden Era of Hip-Hop” from 1986 – 1988. Paradise is an archivist, author, photographer, and produced nine (9) albums including two (2) classic albums with his legendary messenger group “X-Clan.” Paradise worked at RUSH Productions/Def Jam Recordings, and Mp3.com. He helped to develop the world’s first online music company.

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Pete Nice

Co-Curator

Prime Minister Pete Nice was a founding member of the Def Jam Recordings group 3rd Bass and released two gold albums for the label from 1989 to 1992. His career in Hip Hop began in 1985 as a solo MC managed by Lumumba Carson and in 1987 he established the first Hip Hop radio show with DJ Clark Kent on WKCR at Columbia University. In 1992 he founded Hoppoh Recordings and released the albums of Kurious and Count Bass D and also managed the Elektra rap group KMD featuring MF Doom. He has worked as a historian and consultant with artists and collectors dedicated to preserving Hip Hop artifacts and history. He is currently working on a book with Paradise Gray entitled, “The Golden Age of Hip Hop 1983-1992: An Illustrative History.” He is a magna cum laude graduate of Columbia College.

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SenYon Kelly

Co-Curator

SenYon Kelly is the CEO/Founder of Nubian Video Archives & Collectibles. She is an Advisory Board member, Co-Curator of [R]Evolution of Hip-Hop Exhibit and works with the Museum Collections & Archives Committee for the Universal Hip Hop Museum. SenYon, is a native of Los Angeles who developed a love for film and music at an early age. She owns the licensing to the original artwork of Jimi Hendrix, is a serial entrepreneur, investor and curator, with a love for hip hop culture, music, film, art, fashion and interior design. Ms. Kelly has production credits for – Roots: Celebrating 25 Years – NBC and Jewel’s Catch One on Netflix.

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Martha Diaz

Associate Curator and Archivist

Martha Diaz (MD) is a community organizer, media producer, archivist, curator, and educator whose work has traversed the hip-hop entertainment industry, the public arts and education sector, and the academy over the last 25 years. MD has consulted on numerous hip-hop documentaries and founded the highly acclaimed Hip-Hop Odyssey (H2O) International Film Festival, the first and largest festival of its kind. She curated the first Hip-Hop movie series presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and served as a guest curator at the Museum of the Moving Image. In 2010, MD formed the Hip-Hop Education Center at NYU to formalize the field of hip-hop-based education. A graduate of New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, MD has worked on archival projects with Parkwood Entertainment (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter), Tupac Shakur Estate, and National Jazz Museum in Harlem, to name a few.

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Jorge “Pop Master Fabel” Pabon

Fashion Curator and Scholar-Artist-In-Residence

Urban artist, Hip Hop historian, videographer, DJ and social justice activist JORGE “POPMASTER FABEL” PABON was born and raised in NYC’s Spanish Harlem, where at an early age he developed his dance and choreography career at Hip Hop jams and clubs throughout the city. His pioneering individuality has been showcased internationally since 1982. Fabel also gained world renown as a featured dancer in the Hip Hop cult classic movie, “Beat Street.” A senior member of the Rock Steady Crew and member of the Electric Boogaloos, Fabel is also co-founder of GhettOriginal Productions Inc. With GhettOriginal, Fabel co-authored, co-directed, and co-choreographed the first two Hip Hop musicals ever, “So! What Happens Now?” and “Jam on the Groove” (first official Off-Broadway Hip Hop musical). Fabel is the co-founder of Tools Of War© which is an organization that represents the grassroots essence and brought Hip Hop culture back to the parks of New York City for the past 14 years. As an adjunct professor, he teaches Hip Hop dance/movement in the Experimental Theater Wing at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Fabel presents lectures, demonstrations, teaches master classes, and participates in outreach programs and conferences internationally. Fabel is currently a master teacher and national reviewer for the National YoungArts Foundation.

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Shawn “Cutman LG” Thomas

Music Programming

Shawn “Cutman LG” Thomas is the Executive and Founding Member of Universal Hip Hop Museum.
He brings his skills as former on-air personality at HOT 97, as a DJ and providing Music Programming for the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop Exhibit.

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Charlie Ahearn

Guest Curator

Charlie Ahearn a New York native is a film director and creative cultural artist. Known for writing and directing the hip hop classic movie Wild Style. Although predominantly involved in film and video production, he is also known for his work as an author, freelance writer, member of Colab,
and radio host.

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Michael Holman

Guest Curator

Through writings, film & television productions and talent bookings, Michael Holman helped propel Hip Hop onto the global stage. Holman managed Rock Steady Crew and The New York City Breakers and created and hosted the first nationally syndicated Hip Hop television show Graffiti Rock.

Holman formed the band Gray with Jean-Michel Basquiat and wrote the screenplay to the Marimax feature film, Basquiat.

Holman taught filmmaking and media courses at Howard University, The New School, the School of Visual Arts and Pace University.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts acquired Holman’s Archive and the Smithsonian African American Museum acquired choice Holman artifacts.

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Sal Abbatiello

Guest Curator

Sal Abbatiello is a native New Yorker, actor, producer, and Founder of Fever Records. His club Disco Fever served as a stage for up and coming hip hop artists to showcase their talents in the 1980s. Sal also credits as producer of the hip hop classic film Krush Groove which debut in 1985

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Joe Conzo, Jr.

Guest Curator

Joe Conzo, Jr, co-author of Born in the Bronx, has been documenting the people of his native borough since the 1970s. As the first graduating class of South Bronx High School, Conzo came up as the official photographer for the Cold Crush Brothers at the dawn of Hip Hop. From the school gymnasiums to the local Police Athletic League, Conzo documented the first generation of DJs and MCs as they invented an art form that brought the creativity of the streets to the world. Joe Conzo Jr. continues to lecture, meet with young people, exhibit his work, and attend international events.

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November 5th 2020 - August 29th 2021
The exhibit is located at: Bronx Terminal Market
610 Exterior St Bronx
New York 10451
Telephone (347) 454-2793
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By Subway

Take 2, 4, or 5 trains. All trains stop at 149 Street and Grand Concourse. Walk three blocks West to River Avenue. Walk North on River Avenue. Bronx Terminal Market is on your left. Then proceed to walk to the exhibit and enter from the back in the lower level parking area between Applebee's Bar and Grill and Marisco Centro Restaurant. OR: Take B, D, or 4 trains. All trains stop at 161st-Yankee Stadium. Walk South on River Avenue to 151st Street. Bronx Terminal Market is on your right. Then proceed to walk to the exhibit and enter from the back in the lower level parking area between Applebee's Bar and Grill and Marisco Centro Restaurant.

By Train(Metro North)

Take the Hudson Line Metro North Train to E 153rd Street (Yankees Stadium stop). Walk South on River Avenue to 151st Street. Bronx Terminal Market is on your right. Then proceed to walk to the exhibit and enter from the back in the lower level parking area between Applebee's Bar and Grill and Marisco Centro Restaurant.

By Car

From Manhattan Take the FDR Drive north. Take the Willis Ave BR exit, Exit 18, toward I-87/Deegan Expwy. Willis Ave Bridge becomes Willis Ave. Keep left at the fork to continue on Willis Ave. Merge onto I-87 N/Major Deegan Expy via the ramp on the left toward Albany. Take the E 149 ST exit, Exit 4, toward 145 ST BR. At end of exit ramp, proceed straight onto River Avenue. Bronx Terminal Market is on your left. Then proceed to drive into the lower level parking lot which the exhibit can be seen between Applebee's Bar and Grill and Marisco Centro Restaurant.
From Queens Take the Cross Island Pkwy N toward Whitestone BR. Merge onto I-295 N via Exit 33 toward Bronx/New England (Portions toll). Merge onto I-278 W/Bruckner Expy toward Triboro BR. Merge onto I-87 N/Major Deegan Expy via Exit 47 toward Albany. Take the E 149 ST exit, Exit 4, toward 145 ST BR. At end of exit ramp, proceed straight onto River Avenue. Bronx Terminal Market is on your left. Then proceed to drive into the lower level parking lot which the exhibit can be seen between Applebee's Bar and Grill and Marisco Centro Restaurant.
From Brooklyn Take the I-278 E toward Triboro BR (Portions toll). Merge onto I-87 N/Major Deegan Expy via Exit 47 on the left toward Albany. Take the E 149 ST exit, Exit 4, toward 145 ST BR. At end of exit ramp, proceed straight onto River Avenue. Bronx Terminal Market is on your left. Then proceed to drive into the lower level parking lot which the exhibit can be seen between Applebee's Bar and Grill and Marisco Centro Restaurant.
From New Jersey Take I­95 N toward the George Washington Bridge. Stay on I­95 N lower Level N to E 153rd Street in Bronx, New York. Take Exit 6 from I­87 S. From Newark Station take the Northeast Corridor train towards New York Penn Station, transfer to the 2 train towards Wakefield 241 Street at 34th Street Penn Station to 149th Street Grand Concourse. Walk east down E 149th Street and turn right on Exterior Street. Then proceed to drive into the lower level parking lot which the exhibit can be seen between Applebee's Bar and Grill and Marisco Centro Restaurant.
Yes. The exhibit is located on the ground level with wheel chair ramps for easy access.
Tickets are $10 a visitor, and must be reserved for entry. Donations of any amount are welcomed. Reserve Your Ticket
The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop is open Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm and on Sunday from 1PM to 6:30PM
Closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 and New Year's Day.
For groups of 10 or more please contact Reggie Peters at:
reggie.peters@uhhm.org
We happily accept both mobile and printed tickets.
When you arrive, you will need to check in and have your ticket scanned. Please see a box office attendant if you need assistance accessing your ticket.
Please contact the museum at tickets@uhhm.org with any questions.
Early entry is not guaranteed, but we will do our best to let you begin your experience as close as possible to your time of arrival.
We'll do our best to get you in promptly provided you arrive within an hour of your original entry time.
If you're unable to attend on the day of your ticket, please email us for a refund at tickets@uhhm.org and make another reservation.
  • Food or Drink
  • Large Backpacks
  • Strollers
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Smoking, including electronic cigarettes.
Those with strollers are advised to use their best judgement.
A fun, immersive, unique and highly individual experience. Our friendly Experience Guides will be happy to answer any questions you have during your visit.

Please note that a portion of the exhibit contains atmospheric haze and strobe lights.
RHH is family-friendly! Youth under the age of fourteen must arrive with an adult and children under the age of seven must be under adult supervision at all times.
Yes! Please share your photos at @uhhmuseum on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest using #REVOLUTIONOFHIPHOP or #UNIVERSALHIPHOPMUSEUM However, filming or taking photographs for commercial/promotional purposes is strictly prohibited. For press access please email decota@thechambergroup.com
Although we do not offer food on-site, our restaurant neighbors in the Bronx would be happy to feed you!
Currently RHH merchandise is only available on-site. Keep checking our website and social media to learn about new merchandise drops and the launch of the online shop.
RHH is not responsible for lost items. However, you can email info@uhhm.com to see if an item was recovered.
The UHHM team is always looking to meet people who are passionate about providing an excellent visitor experience and enhancing our community! If you’d like to join our team, email jobs@uhhm.com with the subject line BE A GUIDE and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Visit our Contact Page or email info@uhhm.com