The Hip Hop Hall of Fame (HHOF) is now poised to become the "Museum and Educational Institution" of record for the 21st century. After two decades in development and producing the first ever Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show that was broadcast in national syndication, and on the BET Cable Network in the 1990s. The show that featured many hip hop pioneers, music artists, and celebrities including Run DMC with Jam Master Jay, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation, DJ Kool DJ Red Alert, the Cold Crush Brothers, the Fearless Four, the Crash Crew, EPMD, Das EFX, Group Home, Sweet T, Raven Symone, Full Force, Onyx, Guru, and the legendary Grandmaster Flash. The flagship Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show was established to be the annual fundraising vehicle to build and maintain The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex will be located in the heart of New York City in Midtown Manhattan. The complex will include the Hall of Fame Museum, retail gift Store, sports bar, restaurant, concert lounge, arcade, and television studios. The facility will serve 1,000,000 visitors, fans, tourists, and students annually. It will produce 300 jobs, internships, host 200 annual live events and educational programs for people of all ages. The socio-economic impact in NYC is estimated over $350M annually.
The non-profit and fully Chartered HHHOF which will oversee the museum, preservation, collections, educational programming, individual & group tours, and community outreach with an executive team, full service staff, hip hop pioneers, and volunteers. The Museum will feature over 35 exhibits, galleries, interactive displays, special topic exhibits, memorabilia, and collectibles. Hall of Fame Inductees will be enshrined in wax, and explored through interactive exhibitions. Our vision is to present historical timelines that tell the unique story of Hip Hop and its creation, influences, elements, and values. The HHHOF while go a step further by sharing the true impact of the art form on the social, political, and economic landscape of the United States and the World.
The Museum is slated to complete development and construction in late 2015 or early 2016. A temporary Pop-Up Hip Hop Museum will be opened in Harlem, New York in fall 2014 showcasing over 50 exhibits, artifacts, and memorabilia. It will also feature a visitors center, and full radio & television broadcast studio for content creation and live streaming around the world.
2014 (A) Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show Induction Announcements Press Conference in Harlem, NY. (L-R) DJ Lord Yoda X, Easy AD, Debbie Dee, James Top, Roxanne Shante, Spoonie Gee, and Chairman JT Thompson.
The Official Old School Brunch Launch of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show on BET Cable Network in 1995 at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem. (L-R) Grandmaster Caz, Chairman JT Thompson, Mr. Magic, Kool DJ Red Alert, and Easy AD.
ABOUT THE HIP HOP HALL OF FAME STORY
Founded and developed in early 1992 by Brooklyn born, Queens, Harlem, and South Central Los Angeles raised Community Organizer and Entrepreneur, James ‘J.T.’ Thompson. J.T is a former US Army Veteran, and High School, College & International basketball player. He worked on the nationally publicized Los Angeles Gang Truce Alliance during the L.A. Riots, working with the R.O.Y.A.L. Alliance, Hands Across Watts, The Brotherhood Crusade, Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Diane Watson during that period and was moved to create, and executive produce the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show. The show aired in National Syndication and on BET Cable Network in the 1990s. The awards show is the chief fundraising vehicle, utilizing the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame business model, to build The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex in New York City.
Mr. Thompson was exposed to music at a young age as his grand-uncle played with Harlem Legends Billie Holiday, Louise Armstrong, and Benny Goodman and he fully appreciates their sacrifices and struggles in the civil rights era as artists, and in music ownership. He was inspired by hip-hop as a child and decided to document, preserve, and celebrate Hip Hop Music & Culture after taking Mr. Magic and DJ Red Alert NYC Radio-Mix Show tapes around the USA and World while playing basketball and witnessed first-hand the love and respect of hip-hop music and culture globally.
His teams work was featured in the film ’Redemption’ that starred Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx. The HHHOF has consulted and produced numerous concerts, special events, films, and music projects over the years. Included among the events are the NBC/McDonalds Heritage Bowl Football Championships, The Black College Step Show Championships, Celebrity Basketball Games, and The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Nights Seasonal Concert Series. The HHHOF was subsequently recognized by then President Bill Clinton, and has organized and participated in countless peace summits, concerts, events, symposiums, campaigns, and youth activities.