Legends come out for hip-hop museum revolutionary

Musical luminaries including Nas, LL Cool J and Fat Joe took to the birthplace of hip-hop for a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the fundraising campaign for the new Universal Hip Hop Museum

NEW YORK – Musical luminaries including Nas, LL Cool J and Fat Joe took to the birthplace of hip-hop on Thursday for a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the fundraising campaign for the new Universal Hip Hop Museum.

They joined a slew of politicians in the Bronx, where hip-hop’s now global cultural force has its roots.

“Hip-hop made me believe anything was possible,” said LL Cool J. “It was like the first time I felt like,” Wow, you can be powerful. It is possible to be someone. It is possible to have meaning in this world. ‘”

The museum is part of a $ 349 million mixed-use project along the South Bronx waterfront.

The first phase of development, called Bronx Point, will provide affordable housing and open public spaces. It is also planned to include cultural and community programming, including the permanent residence of the Universal Hip Hop Museum.

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