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New York set to build a hip-hop museum in the Bronx

The Universal museum is expected to be finished by 2023

US Governer Andrew Cuomo has announced a $3.5 million dollar grant to build the world's first hip-hop museum in New York.

Situated in the South Bronx borough, birthplace of the likes of Slick Rick, Fat Joe, and Mary J. Blige, and also known as the “Boogie Down” Bronx, the district is considered by many to be the home of hip-hop.

Plans for the museum were initially announced back in February this year, revealing a number of items set to be displayed inside the museum would be donated, and included amongst them are handwritten lyrics by Tupac and Kurtis Blow's gold plaque for his song 'The Breaks'. Also on display at the Universal Hip Hop Museum will be thousands of vinyl records and cassettes, as well as turntables, a recording studio and video projections of graffiti. 

Work is expected to be complete by 2023, with the museum occupying 50,000 square feet in new development, Bronx Point, along the Harlem River. 

Read more about the museum, which is reportedly backed by rappers Nas and LL Cool J, here.

Earlier this year, plans to build a Wu-Tang Clan theme park in South Korea were announced.