Ground was broken today on the first-ever museum dedicated to hip hop, which will be built where it all began -- The Bronx. On hand were some of the most famous names in New York rap, including Grandmaster Flash, Slick Rick, Chuck D, Nas, LL Cool J, Chuck Chillout, Fat Joe, and more. (Also: Mayor Bill de Blasio.) Officially called the Universal Museum of Hip Hop, Gothamist reports that the $80 million, 52,000-square-foot museum is being financed through city, state, and private money. It's located at 50 East 150th Street, two miles from 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, which is regarded as the birthplace of hip hop and whose block was renamed Hip Hop Boulevard in 2016.
"It's a long journey, but a very worthwhile journey to see what should have happened already is finally happening," said executive director Rocky Bucano, who has been trying to make the museum a reality for a decade. "The museum represents the creativity and the free expression that came out of this community and now has become the most powerful art form in the entire world."