The Universal Hip Hop Museum will be part of Bronx Point, a new mixed-use residential development with affordable housing in the South Bronx, but isn’t scheduled to open until 2025. But that didn’t stop the museum’s executive director, Rocky Bucano. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop this year.
“[R]The Evolution of Hip-Hop exhibition, which traces the momentum of hip-hop from 1986 to 1990, will be free to enter this August to mark the anniversary. The show runs through September at the nonprofit’s temporary headquarters in the Bronx Terminal Market.
Bucano, 63, lives in the Clason Point neighborhood of the Bronx with his wife, Kim, 62, who recently retired from public school teaching, and his brother, Kyler, 31, who has two sons. live. Tansy, his family’s Bichon-Frize mix, and Toby, a former feral cat.
6 In the Morning I wake up around 6 or 7 am and open my Microsoft Surface Duo 2. I scroll through my emails and read The Times’ Sunday edition. I do this quietly in bed. I try not to wake my wife.
message Around 8 or 10, we usually order pancakes and scrambled eggs and sometimes corned beef hash at the Crosstown Diner. We have breakfast while watching the Sunday news. I like political talk shows like this week’s George Stephanopoulos. My wife is an avid watcher of Channel 12, which broadcasts Bronx news. After that, we look at Joel Osteen and try to create a spiritual atmosphere.
In Da Club The Bronx Terminal Market exhibit opens at 1:00 PM. My son Kyler and I always jump in the car and shoot there. He oversees the museum’s social media and is an instructor. Most of the time I’m there all afternoon. I am meeting people – visitors and guests. Sometimes I work with people who work in museums to make sure everything is solid in terms of telling the stories of the different artifacts that people see. Sometimes when I feel like playing music, I jump on the turntable.
soup after frying DJ Cutman LG will be visiting on Sundays. He’s part of our team and always plays great music like James Brown and classic hip hop like Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa. People who come here don’t just see things about the great golden age of hip-hop, they actually feel it and experience what the music was like.
people every day Being here on Sunday is work, but it doesn’t feel like work. I have been involved in this project since the beginning, when I first started looking for a location in 2014. It’s now part of my DNA. that’s me And I enjoy meeting people from different parts of the country and different parts of the world and learning about their connection to hip-hop. Everyone has their own story of how they fell in love with this piece. It could be the first record they bought, or their Run-DMC concert in 1986. The first time he remembers buying his CD of Salt-N-Pepa. That’s what made me fall in love with music.
lock box People from Europe are true fans of classic hip-hop and come here wanting to relive the early days. On weekdays, the teacher will bring the students. Children come, many of whom have never seen a cassette player or a record. They don’t know what a boombox is. I have a big boombox in my house, and when I see it, I’m like, “What’s that?” Why do you call it a boombox? ’ So there are a lot of moments that are very comforting for me. I see people smiling and taking selfies.
Is difficult When I started this trip, I didn’t really understand the so-called “museum experience.” I have learned through my work. The first exhibition was bare-bones. Second, we made some tweaks to give you a better experience in terms of how we curate. And now, with this third exhibit of his, I think we’ve knocked it out of the park. It’s the most immersive, the most entertaining, and the most informative. I think the thing that people love the most right now is the Dapper Dan Lounge where he has some of his original jackets, or the DJ booth.
Press! When I get home, I go to the gym in the community clubhouse to lift weights, and sometimes I walk down to the water. One of the ferry stops is not far from where we live, so we go there and stand by the water and enjoy the view. It’s a way of putting everything in perspective for me.
rapper’s joy For Sunday dinner, I like to order turkey wings at soul food restaurants. I’ll buy some collard greens, and some mac and cheese for my son. I can’t eat that kind of thing, but I love sweet potatoes. After dinner, I’m usually at my computer, sending emails, sending notes to my team, and scouting social media for anything to watch out for. People say I work too much.
it was a good day Sometimes I watch movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime, but I go to bed early. My wife is retired, so she sleeps late. But at 10 o’clock, he said, “See you later, go to sleep.” that’s all.
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