Public Enemy’s Chuck D has officially been appointed as the Chairman of the Celebrity Board for the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx. The Director of the museum Rocky Bucano and Chairman of the Board Kurtis Blow made the news official yesterday.
Chuck’s involvement will have him organize the museum and bring more structure to it to help it grow.
In a recent interview with HipHopDX, the PE rapper goes on to mention his love for hip hop and why this museum is needed.
“I always like to make comparisons to sports,” Chuck D says. “It’s very organized and I think music to a large degree isn’t. We are infantile. It’s necessary for the museum to exist. All we have to do is go to a kindergarten or 1st grade classroom and see how organized it is. We can’t be amazed that it’s the way it should be. If you look at Hip Hop, it’s less organized than a kindergarten class. When you go to a super market, you’re not going to buy food from there if things are unorganized. It’s like, ‘Who curated this?’ We’ve been treatin’ Hip Hop like a thing that just happens and we accept it.
“I’m a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and I’ve worked with the Smithsonian. I look at these organized efforts and I’m saying in Hip Hop, we kinda need to grow up. Being on this board is like building to attract people’s attention and possibly funding to go further. In the social, bling bling sort of genre, hopefully my attention will make these people that claim to have that kind of money to be accountable.”
The museum’s plan is to open in 2022 and the goal is clear, to “celebrate and preserve the history of local and global Hip Hop music and culture past, present and future.”
Check the museum’s trailer below: