Hip Hop Hall of Fame


The Mission of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum is to promote and preserve the past, present, and future of hip-hop music and cultural arts. Additionally, we aim to highlight the role of hip-hop music & culture within culture overall and explore its social impact on the world. By doing so, we create and support projects that develop, inspire, educate, and enrich the hip-hop community, promoting socio-economic empowerment and urban development.


“The exhibits will feature memorabilia such as jackets, turntables, and posters donated by artists like Afrika BambaataaGrandmaster FlashRun-DMC, Salt-N-PepaSnoop DoggIce CubeOutkast, Young JeezyCommon and Eminem. There is also a planned juice and coffee bar, TV studio, shops, and a dedicated youth media program.”

“The Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1992 by Chairman J.T. Thompson, who produced the first Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV show, which ran on BET in the Nineties. The show returned this year; 2013 inducting the Sugarhill Gang, the Sequence, Busy B, the N Twins, Mr. Magic, photographer Ernie Paniccioli and Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn”

“The ground floor will reportedly include a themed cafe, gallery, visitor center, and gift shop, while upper levels will consist of the museum exhibits, events space, offices, and a multi-media studio for film,  according to the press release. HHOF has also reportedly partnered with HHOF Arts & Media Youth Academy students to bring workshops on career training in tech and media.”

“Eventually the 20-story building will include 5-star hotel, retail mall, an arcade, restaurant and concert lounge. The organization has also launched a $150 million fundraising campaign to help complete funding for the entertainment complex.”

“The neighborhood that brought the world artists such as Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie and Mase-and the city that produced Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, Wu-Tang Clan, Das Racist, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj and dozens of other artists-will give locals and tourists alike a physical space in which to celebrate hip-hop music and culture.”

“Ask Army veteran James “JT” Thompson of Harlem about waiting for dreams to materialize and he’ll tell you to be patient and persevere, regardless of timing – especially when your project takes decades to launch.

“Life and business will throw curveballs,” he says. “You have to be mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally strong enough to compete, conquer your fears and believe in your training and preparation, and plan to succeed against the odds.”


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  • Grammy Awards
    Universal Records
  • Live Nation
  • Cash Money Records
  • La Face Records
  • Tower Records
  • Warner Records
  • Priority Records
  • Interscope Records
  • Warner Bros Studios
  • Universal Studios
  • Disney World
  • Hot Atlanta (Radio/Ryan Cameron DJ)
  • WHCR 90.3 FM NYC (Voice of Harlem)


  • Hot 97
  • Power 106 LA
  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • Fox


  • NBA
  • NFL


  • U Ohn It
  • Wearonize
  • Hip Hop Card


  • City of New York
  • City of Atlanta
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of Oakland

Theatre, Hospitality & ConferencesExpand

  • Privi Choice Hotels
  • Famecast
  • 4D Fun
  • SWAC (HBCU Conference)
  • MEAC  (HBCU Conference)
  • Harlem Week
  • New Heritage Theater


Let’s Make History Together Building A Strong Museum Arts & Education Cultural Community.

Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Partner with Us and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support to building a strong Museum, Arts and Education Cultural Community, and Legacy for many generations.

Explore and See what Music Artists & Celebrities, Corporate Partners, and Community Leaders with Volunteers can accomplish together! Look at our example of the brand new Harlem Arts & Media Education Center with Community Outreach Programs opened in February 2018.