Common Hip-Hop Museum’s Rocky Bucano On Hip-Hop’s fiftieth

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In an unique interview, we received the prospect to talk with Rocky Bucano, the director of the Common Hip-Hop Museum concerning the establishment’s plans this 12 months for Hip-Hop’s fiftieth anniversary.

This 12 months, Hip-Hop has formally been in existence for 50 years, and there’s already been just a few quite a few occasions which can be celebrating and amplifying the tradition. On the middle of those celebrations stands the Common Hip Hop Museum, an establishment that has been years within the making within the tradition’s birthplace of the Bronx, New York. It has been a protracted journey that can culminate within the completion of the museum’s everlasting residence at Bronx Level, projected for the summer time of 2024.

A revered music business veteran with robust ties to Hip-Hop relationship again to his founding of Robust Metropolis Data with DJ Jazzy Jay to working with LaFace Data earlier than venturing into tv and group initiatives, UHHM’s Govt Director Rocky Bucano has been onerous at work collaborating with many people, artists, and corporations to make the UHHM a actuality. We not too long ago had an opportunity to talk with him concerning the plans for the museum as Hip-Hop celebrates this landmark 12 months and past.

Hip-Hop Wired: Hip-Hop is celebrating 50 years of existence, and plenty of are paying rightful tribute and homage to the tradition. For you, as somebody who’s been such an integral a part of this tradition, how does it really feel witnessing all of this going down with the celebrations and the continued journey of UHHM, how does that make you’re feeling?

Rocky Bucano: I’m deeply blessed and honored to be one of many few individuals who have seen Hip-Hop from earlier than it was Hip-Hop to the place Hip Hop is right this moment. Being the manager director of the College Hip-Hop Museum, it turns into virtually an obligation, as a result of I’ve seen your entire journey of Hip-Hop, proper? To make it possible for now we have the most effective museums on this planet to have fun and protect the worldwide historical past of the tradition. I’m so excited and blessed to be on this place. And I sit up for the following 50 years, even after the museum is open. You realize, Hip-Hop has accomplished a lot for thus many individuals, together with myself. So I’m simply so excited to be on this place and to see this museum coming to the end line.

HHW: With the present exhibition, The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop “Golden Period” 1986-1990 open now – which I really feel everybody has to go to not less than as soon as – what additional activations and occasions do you and UHHM have deliberate this 12 months?

Bucano: So we’re the official companion of Mayor Adams and his administration to supply and curate quite a lot of totally different applications and occasions to have fun the fiftieth anniversary. Now we have a girls’s empowerment program developing later this month, which might be on the Billie Vacation Theater (in Brooklyn). We’re doing well being and wellness applications, we’re doing social justice outreach applications, and small enterprise workshops. However the massive one we’re engaged on is a celebratory live performance to have fun 50 years of Hip-Hop. Proper now, the plan is to do it in Central Park, however it could be Yankee Stadium, so keep tuned for that. 

After which we might be opening up a touring museum that can begin right here in New York Metropolis. Later this 12 months, so hopefully round August 10 of this 12 months, we’ll be placing that up and that can keep open till the precise museum opens up on the Bronx Level. The touring museum will debut in Manhattan, so we’re engaged on a location now.

HHW: That sounds superb. And that ties into the ultimate query that I’ve for you. When it comes to additional initiatives which were accomplished, with the extremely interactive parts within the reveals at your present house are we going to see additional digital collaborations such as you’ve accomplished previously with Microsoft, like with Metaverse and Fb below Meta as effectively?

Bucano: Nice query. So you recognize, now we have a Metaverse, a digital museum that was accessed accessible by means of alt house. We had been working with Microsoft, however they determined to sundown their alt-space division. So now we’re transferring our Metaverse digital museum over to Spatial, and we’re working with the group there on that. We’ll most likely have some digital initiatives and applications able to go later this spring and early summer time. Fairly enthusiastic about that. And we’re exploring easy methods to use AI and all the out there tech experiences together with ChatGPT. We’re proper there making an attempt to make use of probably the most superior expertise. We wish to make it possible for we’re curating and celebrating Hip-Hop historical past with new expertise.

For extra data on upcoming occasions on the Common Hip-Hop Museum, go to their web site.


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