Hip hop, hooray. Rap royalty gathered in the Bronx for a Thursday groundbreaking of the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the genre’s birthplace and home borough of rap icons like Grandmaster Flash, Slick Rick and Fat Joe.
The mission of the museum, now breaking ground in the South Bronx—the undisputed birthplace of Hip Hop—is to give visitors “a broader understanding of Hip Hop history and Hip Hop culture, so they walk away feeling empowered and inspired by what has happened in the genre, and how the music has become a part of their everyday existence.
2021 was a great and exciting year for classic Hip Hop. Artists from across several eras received honors and released projects cementing their greatness. The following are ten of the best moments for classic Hip Hop of 2021.