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Mayor Eric Adams welcomes hip hop legends to New York City Hall ahead of rap’s 50th anniversary

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Mayor Eric Adams announced a New York City partnership with the Universal Hip Hop Museum ahead of rap’s 50th anniversary next year.

Some of hip hop’s biggest names joined Hizzoner at City Hall on Monday to bring attention to the music genre’s 50th anniversary in 2023.

Wearing a Run-DMC-style tracksuit, Mayor Adams announced a fundraising effort in partnership with the Universal Hip Hop Museum. Among the artists that joined Adams on Monday were Grandmaster Flash, Roxanne Shante, Slick Rick, Run-DMC’s Darryl McDaniels and the Sugarhill Gang’s Master Gee.

The Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx will be dedicated to the celebration and preservation of hip-hop music, dance, art and culture and will be a “permanent place to celebrate the music.” It’s expected to officially open to the public in 2024.

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