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[R]Evolution of Hip Hop

Executive Director:
Rocky Bucano

Paradise Gray, Chief Curator
Pete Nice, Co-Curator
SenYon Kelly, Co-Curator
Martha Diaz, Associate Curator and Archivist
PopMaster Fabel, Fashion Curator and Artist-In-Residence

Guest Curators:
Sal Abbatiello
Bill Adler
Charlie Ahearn
Joe Conzo Jr.
Michael Holman

Music Programming:
Cutman LG

Guest Services:
Kylerr Bucano
Reggie Peters

From the Archives:

Disco Fever: The Original Juice Crew

1980 – 1985


Golden Era: 1986-1990

The artistic and technological advancements made during the years of 1986 and 1990 were remarkable. The lyrical skills of Rakim, Kool G. Rap, Big Daddy Kane and others would transform the definition of an MC. The production mastery of chopping up beats and sampling sounds by the likes of Marley Marl, Prince Paul and the Bomb Squad would redefine the sound of Hip Hop forever.

Seven months in the making, we present the dawn of a new age in Hip Hop and Rap music, a new generation of MCs, DJs, producers, and dancers made remarkable advancements in artistry and technology. We will look forward to welcoming you to The Golden Era: 1986 – 1990.

In the words of curator and icon Prime Minister Pete Nice, put on your shell-toe Adidas Superstars and take a step back into time at the Revolution of Hip Hop 1986 to 1990. Experience the street fashions of Dapper Dan, the beats of DJ Scott LaRock, the rhymes of Biz Markie, and the culture of Hip Hop that was chronicled by “Video Music Box,” Word Up Magazine, The Source, “The Arsenio Hall Show.” and scores of other outlets.

Executive Director Rocky Bucano calls this [R]Evolution “undoubtedly our most engaging, creative, entertaining celebration of Hip Hop History produced since we opened the pop-up in 2019.

It takes a village, and our co-creators/collaborators include Microsoft, BaseBoss, Collab Studio NYC, The Related Companies, and Bronx Terminal Market. Our curators are the aforementioned Prime Minister Pete Nice and the legendary Paradise Gray.

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About the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop

The Universal Hip Hop Museum in collaboration with Microsoft and the MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality presents the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop an immersive journey through Hip Hop history, from the 1970s to the present. The Breakbeat narratives is the centerpiece installation offering exhibit-visitors a customized examination of Hip Hop history driven by Microsoft AI. The [R]evolution of Hip Hop: The Foundation is the first of many sample exhibits conceived by creative agents from multiple artistic disciplinaries who employ archives and experimental storytelling techniques focusing on the five elements of Hip Hop culture – MCing, Breakdancing, Aerosol Art and Knowledge.  The new exhibit will feature the early 80’s!

The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop provides visitors from the Bronx, New York City, and the world with a sneak preview of the Universal Hip Hop Museum, which breaks ground at the Bronx Point in 2020 and is scheduled to open in 2024 in celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary.

About The Universal Hip Hop Museum:

The Universal Hip Hop Museum is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non profit charity, chartered by the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents. The UHHM was established March 12, 2012 and is the only museum solely dedicated to the documentation, analysis, preservation and celebration of Hip Hop History and Culture in the world.