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A massive hip-hop museum is coming to Harlem

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Clayton Guse
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Hip-hop music has had a bigger cultural impact on New York City than perhaps any other genre of music. The beats and rhymes that began echoing out of the Bronx in the 1970s transformed the way that generations of people across the world have expressed themselves. From Grandmaster Flash to Notorious BIG to Jay Z, New York has bred hip-hop artists who have made huge waves in both the city and the music world as a whole. 

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So what better way to celebrate the art form than with a 20-story museum in New York? That's what one organization is aiming to do after winning its bid to acquire a development site in Harlem to construct what's being dubbed the Official Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum to the World. 

The sprawling building will preserve, showcase and teach hip-hop music and culture to locals and tourists alike. The organization is estimating that the museum will attract one million annual visitors, but before it can get the thing built, it needs to raise a cool $150 million. 

There is not yet a timeline for the construction of the space, but once it's completed, it could be one of the coolest museums in the entire city.

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