The National Museum of African American Music is set to open in the summer of 2020 and will be the only museum dedicated to the music traditions and influence of African Americans throughout history.

To ensure Hip-Hop is represented adequately in the museum, NMAAM hosted “Hip-Hop Scholars,” bringing in key contributors and historians, industry executives and culture creators to discuss the state of Hip-Hop, its influence on global culture and how the museum plans to celebrate Hip-Hop when doors open.

The event was hosted by Datwon Thomas and Shaheem Reid and give a glimpse into NMAAM’s origin and a gallery of content, presented by NMAAM President, H. Beecher Hicks III, and Senior Curatorial Director, Dr. Dina Bennett. During the dinner, the discussion was shared on the state of Black music and the future of Hip-Hop in America and globally.

On October 23, the National Museum of African American Music gathered a collection of Hip-Hop historians/ academics, music industry executives and culture creators to facilitate dialogue about the state of hip hop, its influence on American and global culture and how the museum plans to celebrate it when doors officially open next summer.

NMAAM’s Senior Curator, Dr. Dina Bennett, discusses the museum’s plans for the Rap & Hip-Hop inspired gallery entitled “The Message”, named after the famous 1982 hit song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is scheduled to open in the “Music City” of Nashville, TN in summer 2020. Pictured here is NMAAM President & CEO H. Beecher Hicks III & NMAAM Senior Curatorial Director, Dr. Dina Bennett at the Hip-Hop Scholars President’s Series event at the Jue Lan Club in New York City, October 23, 2019.

Hip-Hop Scholars attendees pose for a picture after dinner.
L to R: Mel D Cole (Photographer), Datwon (Editor In Chief, Vibe Magazine), Alvin Blanco (Managing Editor, HipHopWired), Shaheem Reed (President, The Conglomerate ENT) and A-King (Exec. Prod. of Loud Speakers Network).