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article imageRap pioneers looking to build hip-hop museum in The Bronx

By Layne Weiss     Nov 10, 2013 in Entertainment
New York - Some of hip-hop's founding fathers have joined forces to build a museum dedicated to the culture right where it was born, The Bronx.
Grandmaster Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grand Wizard Theodore are working with the Windows of HipHop development project to create a new exhibition hall, AllHipHop reports.
Windows of HipHop's objective is to "explore hiphop's origins and celebrate its cultural and historic significance in the world through exhibits, performances and educational programs." Grandmaster Caz and Grandmaster Melle Mel serve on the board of Windows of HipHop.
"Any institution dedicated to HipHop has to be in The Bronx. We're trying to make a reality," Grandmaster Caz told The New York Daily News.
"There’s a lot of empty land in the Bronx, and any institution dedicated to hip hop has to be in the Bronx. We’re trying to make that a reality. This is a big year for the culture, 40 years strong. Look how far we’ve come."
"We're going to see this become a reality. It's a celebration of what we did in the past, as well as the present and what we can do in the future, Grandmaster Melle Mel added.
While they prepare to honor HipHop's past, both men have also expressed strong opinions about the culture's present. When asked what they think of rap music today, both expressed disappointment,
"I really can't stand it. It's way too juvenile. It's way too violent. It doesn't stand for anything," Melle Mel said.
"HipHop is beautiful today. HipHop in its truest form hasn't changed," added Caz. "Now rap music, rap music needs an enema. Rap music needs a good flush out."
Both men were asked what they're listening to today.
Melle Mel said he listens to a lot of R&B music, slow songs.When I’m in the car, I listen to the news. I don’t go around listening to rap songs."
Caz said, I listen to the same music I listened to growing up. The music of the ’70s."
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