Who We Are

The Universal Hip Hop Museum was founded by Rocky Bucano and a group of iconic entrepreneurs and artists including Kurtis Blow, Ice T, LL Cool J, Nas, and many others. They joined forces to create the world’s first Hip Hop museum in the Bronx.

Meet Our Founding Members and Board of Trustees

Meet Our Founding Members & Board of Trustees

Founding Members

Rocky Bucano, Business Owner and Entertainment Manager

Kurtis Blow, Recording Superstar

Afrika Bambaataa, Master of Records

Shawn LG Thomas, Music Producer & Host of the Black Spin (Sirius XM)

Grandwizzard Theodore, Inventor of the Scratch

Mickey Bentson, Manager, Ice T

Joe Conzo Jr., Legendary Photographer

Grandmaster Melle Mel, Legendary MC

Board of Trustees

Nana Carmen Ashhurst, Chair of the Board

Kurtis Blow, Chairman Emeritus

Rocky Bucano, Executive Director

Adam Silverstein, Collector & Attorney

Peter Bittenbender, CEO, Mass Appeal

Bruce Jackson, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft

Dr. Stephon Alexander, Theoretical Cosmologist

Ruben Diaz Jr., The 13th Bronx Borough President

Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Executive Team

Rocky Bucano, Executive Director

SenYon Kelly, Operations Manager

Donna Davis, Director of Development

Renee Foster, Director of Communications

Rubenstein Public Relations

Lance Pope, Membership Manager

Michael Ford, Architect Design Manager

David Miller (Proskauer Rose, LLP)

Candace Nepal (PPMT Strategic Group)

Daniel Stewart (Kramer Levin, LLP)

Curatorial Team

Adam Silverstein, Director of Archives and Collections

Paradise Gray, Chief Curator

Prime Minister Pete Nice, Co-Curator

SenYon Kelly, Co-Curator

Jorge “PopMaster Fabel” Pabon, Curator of Fashion and Artist-In-Residence

Elai Tubo, Curator of Sound

Shawn LG Thomas, Curator of Music Programming

Martha Diaz,  Associate Curator and Archivist

Mark Green, Chair of Artist Relations

Marketing and Content

Asya Blue, Art Direction and Design

Kylerr Bucano, Social Media Manager

Tramp Daly, Merchandise and Licensing

Cordelia Donovan, Social Media Analyst

Pamela French, Documentarian and Content Producer

Kate Harvie, Contributing Writer and Outreach

Rich McKeown, Documentarian and Content Producer

Caitlin Smyth, Merchandise and Licensing

Tony Zeoli, Digital Strategy

Youth Ambassadors

Oscar Castillo, Education and Collection

Armani Mines, Archives and Collection

Marlin Ramos, Education and Marketing

Kayla Shelton, Marketing

Amber Smalls, Education and Marketing

Kiarra White, Marketing

Julius Tanner, Archives and Collections

Meet Our Advisors

Meet Our Advisors

UHHM Advisory Board

Edward Young, Senior Advisor

Robert Reid, Senior Advisor

Harry Allen, Journalist

Mandy Aragones, Artist Management

Dallas Austin, Musician, Songwriter, & Producer

Will Billings, Financial Executive

Martin Caba

Orrin Campbell, Artist/Crypto Advisor

Mike Carnevale, Technology Futurist at CARNEVALE

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis – President, Black Press of America

Vivian Scott Chew, Music Executive

Michael A. Dean

Skip Dillard, Radio Executive

Nicole Duncan-Smith, Hip Hop Editor, Journalist/Author, & Media Maven

A. Mignon Espy

Christian Gordon, Asst. Dean of Development, UC Berkeley

Frederik “Torch” Hahn, German Hip Hop Legend

Marq Hawkins, West Coast Hip Hop Legend

Miguel Herrera, Polymath: Data Science/Talent Management

Michael Holman, Historian

James Jenkins, Music & Film Executive

Neil Levine, Entertainment Executive

David Lipsey, Digital Asset Management

Ralph McDaniels, Video Music Box

Jennifer R. McZier, Arts Consultant

Adrian L. Miller, Managing Partner/Executive Producer, Xyion Inc.

Minister Server, Hip Hop Cultural Strategist

Thembisa Mshaka, Author & Filmmaker

Michael Münzer, Apeiron Visuals

Jeff Pucillo, TELL-IGNITE

Richard Rubenstein, Rubenstein Public Relations

Christopher Surrey, Marketing & Creative Strategy Executive

Dedra N. Tate, Entertainment Executive

Tina Marie Tyler, Hip Hop 4 Peace

Rachel Weingeist

Jarrod Whitaker

Archives, Curatorial, & Education Committee

Martha Diaz, Chair

Director, Hip Hop Education Center 

Sir Malik One, Temple of Hip Hop

Kashema Hutchinson, Fresh, Bold and So Def Initiative, Hip Hop Education Center

Rich Nice, A&R Room

Queen Herawin, U.S. State Department Hip Hop Ambassador, Hip-Hop Education Center 

Chantel Calloway, FounderRhyme Antics

Sommer Regan McCoy, Founder, Mixtape Museum

DJ Wiz, Legendary DJ of Kid-N-Play

Francesca D’Amico-Cuthbert, Ph.D., University of Toronto

Devon Glover, The Sonnet Man

Tina Bell Wright, Ph.D., Southwest College

Reies Romero, Director, James Dewitt Yancey Foundation – MN

Governor Slugwell HipHop -Grand Rapids HipHop Coalition

Emanuel “PRIZM” Roman, Chosen Zulu

Michael Dando, Ph.D., St. Cloud State University

Meet our Cultural Ambassadors

Meet our Cultural Ambassadors

Awesome Two, Teddy Ted, & Special K

Big Daddy Kane

Bevi Smith

Chuck D


Christopher “Play” Martin

DJ Battlecat


DJ Silky D

DJ Spark


Doug E. Fresh

DJ Hollywood

Ebro Darden

Groovy Lew

Heather B

Ice T


King Tee

Kwame Holland

Krayzie Bone

Kool Herc

Lady B

Lisa Lee

LL Cool J

Lisa Lee

MC Lyte

Mr. Biggs

Mumu Fresh

Musiq Soulchild


Niki D

Rah Deluxe


Reggie Reg

Rob Love

Rodney C

Roxanne Shanté


Shani Kulture

Sheena Lester

Slick Rick

Spoonie Gee

Sway Calloway

Tats Cru

The Sequence

Toni Blackman

Tony Tone

Tramp Daly

Van Silk

Tony “Mr. Wave” Wesley

Troy “Smack White” Mitchell

Yo Yo


Gary Harris

Lovebug Starski

Larry Smith

Statement Regarding The UHHM

The Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) is making this statement to clarify the use of the adjective “universal” in its name. As used in the organization’s name, Universal Hip Hop Museum, “Universal” refers to the recognition of the global impact, the ethnically and culturally diverse nature, and the impact of Hip Hop over the past almost 50 years since its inception. The Universal Hip Hop Museum has no corporate or organizational relationships with any organizations with “Universal” in their names. The UHHM is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization and has no corporate or organizational relationships with Universal Records, Universal Pictures, the Universal Zulu Nation, or any other such named organization.

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