The Mission and Objectives of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum is to promote and preserve the past, present and future of hip-hop music and cultural arts, and to highlight the role of hip- hop music & culture in the broader urban culture and its explore its social impact in the world.  To create and support projects that develop, inspire, educate and enrich the hip-hop community; and celebrate the positive and uplifting characteristics of the music culture that promotes socio-economic empowerment, and urban development.


HHHOF is a Chartered Non-Profit Museum & Educational Institution in the service of Society for the purposes of Study, Research, Education, Enlightenment, and Empowerment of Hip Hop Music & Culture Communities in America, and around the World. 


The HHHOF will form partnerships and alliances in an effort to galvanize the Hip Hop Community in the USA and around the world. The Museum will act as liaison in the nurturing, restoring and perfecting communication and cooperation in all areas of hip hop culture from music, film, sports, television, fashion, business, community organizations, student organizations, and economic development institutions for the growth, maturity, and expansion of The HHHOF Museum will be established and supported by proceeds from the annual HHHOF Awards television shows, special events, promotional tours, and from revenue sharing deals. Our goals for the 21st Century are as follows:



I Preservation and Cultivation


The Hip Hop Hall of Fame seeks to: 

(1) be a voice for the issues and concerns of the Hip Hop generation, 

(2) promote and preserve the cultural art form and its history, 

(3) to be a network clearing house of knowledge, information, and educational products and services, that will assist in the development of artists, industry professionals, and students supporting entrepreneurial opportunities within the greater hip hop entertainment and professional industry.


II Community Empowerment and Social Responsibility


The Hall seeks to form National and International Public, Private, and Corporate partnerships, with Entertainment, Professional, and Grass-root Community Organizations to assist the development of youth, students, and urban areas. We look to a future where Hip Hop Culture can be a positive influence and benefit to help resolve some of the problems in the inner-city. Together we can accomplish this by getting involved in the lives and education of our youth. We are determined to rebuild relationships, encourage scholarships, and grants with corporate and individual investments in the following:

Educational Programs & Scholarships (high school and college)

Mentoring (industry, business & professional organizations)

History and Multi-Cultural Tolerance

Job training and Career preparation

Health services and awareness information

Family and Financial planning

Voter Registration and information

Community Forums and newsletters

Community Business and Empowerment

Artists and Industry Standards and Organization


III Community Outreach

The Hall plans to utilize the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex in New York, and its International franchises, to promote national community outreach and empowerment. We will offer job training, student internships, employment, and monthly workshops for working families, at-risk youth and former welfare recipients, in financial management, computers, and for careers in the restaurant, customer service, retail, culinary arts, and in music & television production in partnership with sponsors and industry professionals. The mission is to foster Peace, Love, Unity, Education, Empowerment, and Healthy living for a better quality of life for the communities we serve.


The Hip Hop Hall of Fame (HHHOF) is now poised to become the "Museum and Educational Institution" of record for the 21st century. After three decades in development and producing the first ever Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show that was broadcast in national syndication, and on the BET Cable Network in the 1990s. That show that featured many hip hop pioneers, music artists, and celebrities including Run DMC with Jam Master Jay, DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation, DJ Kool DJ Red Alert, the Cold Crush Brothers, the Fearless Four, the Crash Crew, EPMD, Das EFX, Group Home, Sweet T, Raven Symone, Full Force, Onyx, Guru, and the legendary Grandmaster Flash. The 2010’s Inductees on Soul of the South TV Network included DJ Hollywood, The Sequence, The Mercedes Ladies, The Treacherous Three, The Original B-Boys The N-Twins, Chiefrocker BusyBee, the Movie WildStyle and Charlie Ahearn, Video Music Box Ralph McDaniels, Ernie Pianiccioli the original hip hop photographer, Grafitti Kings Cornbread & Stay High 169, and more.  The flagship Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards Show was established to be the annual fundraising vehicle to build and maintain The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum.

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Hotel Mega-Entertainment Retail Complex will be located in the heart of New York City in Manhattan. The proposed complex will include the Hall of Fame, Museum, Hotel, Residential Condominiums, Retail Shops, Gift Store, Sports Bar Lounge, Restaurants, Concert Lounge Venue, Arcade, and Television Broadcast Studios. The facility will serve 1,000,000 visitors, fans, tourists, and students annually. It will produce 300 jobs, internships, host 200 annual live events and educational programs for people of all ages. The socio-economic impact in NYC is estimated over $350M annually.

The non-profit and fully Chartered Hip Hop Hall of Fame which will oversee the museum, preservation, collections, educational programming, individual & group tours, and community outreach with an executive team, full service staff, hip hop pioneers, and volunteers. The Museum will feature over 100 exhibits, galleries, interactive displays, special topic exhibits, memorabilia, and collectibles. Hall of Fame Inductees will be enshrined in wax, and also explored through interactive exhibitions. Our vision is to present historical timelines that tell the unique story of Hip Hop and its creation, influences, elements, and values. The HHHOF while go a step further by sharing the true impact of the art form on the social, political, and economic landscape of the United States and the World.  The Museum is slated to complete development and construction in late 2022-23. 

The Official Old School Brunch Launched the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show ‘Induction Ceremony & Concert on BET Cable Network, and The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum publicly in 1995 at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem.

The Inaugural 'Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards' Luncheon at Sylvia's in Harlem 1995 with Hip Hop Legends Grandmaster Caz, Mr. Magic, Founder JT Thompson, Kool DJ Red Alert and Ez AD!

Partnered on Harlem Youth Arts

& Education Center

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame working with its Educational Partners Thrive NYC and Corporate sponsors opened a Harlem Arts & Media Education Center opened in February 2018 inconjunction with the Community HUB Center servicing outreach programs for youth and families. 

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame kids mascot 'B-Boy Scratch & Friends', will mentor over 25,000 NYC public school children per year with special field trips to the Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum called the new 'Urban Theme Park'.


Founded and developed in early 1992 by Brooklyn born, Queens, Harlem, and South Central Los Angeles raised, Oakland Bay Area producer schooled Hip Hop Ambassador, Community Organizer, Real Estate & Business Entrepreneur, James ‘J.T.’ Thompson. J.T is a former US Army Veteran, and High School, College & International basketball player. He worked on the nationally publicized Los Angeles Gang Truce Alliance during the L.A. Riots, founding the R.O.Y.A.L. Alliance (The Representatives of Young African-American Leaders Youth/Students Alliance), Hands Across Watts, The Brotherhood Crusade, Danny Bakewell, Bishop Charles E. Blake, and Mayor Tom Bradley, Community & Ecumenical Leaders, Members of Congress Maxine Waters & Diane Watson, City-County Government Mark Ridley Thomas, Herb Wesson, Yvonne Burke, President George Bush Sr., President Bill Clinton, Local Officials and many more creating Public & Private Partnerships that later became Inner City Empowerment Zones.

During this period J.T. was moved to create, and executive produce the first ever Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show with partner Juanita Williams of Dove Entertainment. The show aired in National Syndication and on BET Cable Network in the 1990s. The awards show is the chief fundraising vehicle, utilizing the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame business model, to build The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex in New York City.

Mr. Thompson was exposed to music at a young age as his grand-uncle played with Harlem Legends Billie Holiday, Louise Armstrong, and Benny Goodman and he fully appreciates their sacrifices and struggles in the civil rights era as artists, and in music ownership. He was inspired by hip-hop as a child and decided to document, preserve, and celebrate Hip Hop Music & Culture after taking Mr. Magic and DJ Red Alert NYC Radio-Mix Show tapes around the USA and World while playing basketball and witnessed first-hand the love and respect of hip-hop music and culture globally.

J.T. team’s Community Leadership and Gang Truce Alliance work was featured in the films ‘NWA: Straight Outta Compton’ chronicling the lives of Eazy E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and in the film ’Redemption’ that starred Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx. The HHHOF has consulted and produced numerous concerts, special events, films, and music projects over the years. Included among the events are the NBC/McDonalds Heritage Bowl Football Championships, The Black College Step Show Championships, Celebrity Basketball Games, and The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Nights Seasonal Concert Series. The HHHOF was subsequently recognized by then President Bill Clinton, NY City Council and more. The JT Thompson and the HHHOF has organized and participated in countless peace summits, concerts, events, symposiums, campaigns, and youth activities. Including launching the Annual Harlem Hip Hop Fest in-conjunction with the Harlem Week celebration, Hip Hop Health Month in September, Hip Hop Music & Tech Fest, and the Hip Hop Town Hall Series, and the upcoming Hip Hop Mobile Museum Tour Bus.

The SugarHill Gang with JT Thompson at the Official Hip Hop Hall of Fame

Awards TV Show 'Induction Ceremony & Concert' in 2014.

LA Sentinel 1992 'First Ever 'Peace March' Through All of The Projects in Watts' organized

by JT Thompson of the ROYAL Alliance/ Hip Hop Hall of Fame with Congresswoman

Maxine Waters, Yvonne Burke, Hands Across Watts, Baptist Minister's Conference, 

Community Leaders, Students, and Resident.

Hip Hop Hall of Fame West Coast Launch in Hollywood in 1990s with

Grandmaster Caz, JT Thompson, Dominique DiPrima LA Radio Host,

Prince Whipper Whip, and Kurtis Blow

1992 'LA Gang Truce Community Partners' at First AME Church in Los Angeles

The ROYAL Alliance/ Hip Hop Hall of Fame JT Thompson, Tyrese Film/R&B Artists,

Community Build, HomeBoy Industries, Phase II, Hands Across Watts, CYGS,

Stop the Violence Increase the Peace and more.


The Official Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show 'Induction Ceremony & Concert' 

is where Hip Hop Legends & Icons are Inducted into the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum.

Eligibility requirements will be 17 years after your first record or album release or contribution

to hip hop music & culture history! The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show was created 

and executive produced by JT Thompson in 1992 and first taped for television at

Harlem's Famous Victory 5 Theater in the 1990s.


The show was broadcast in national syndicated television and on the BET Cable Network in the 1990s

Inducting DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, The Zulu Nation, Run DMC & Jam Master Jay,

DJ Red Alert, and other hip hop greats. The show returned to television in June 2014 and Inducted The

SugarHill Gang, Pioneer Female Groups The Sequence & The Mercedes Ladies,

The Movie WildStyle & Producer Charlie Ahearn, Chiefrocker Busy Bee, The Rap Attack 

Radio Show's Mr. Magic, Graffiti Artists Cornbread & Stay High 149, Original B-Boys The N-Twins,

Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box, and DJ Hollywood. The Awards Show is set to return

in 2020 on national and international television.

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards & Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum' Old School Brunch

      launch at Sylvia's in Harlem in 1995 with 'Femcee Pioneer Pebblee Poo, LA Sunshine of the Treacherous Three, Grandmaster Caz & EZ AD of the Cold Crush Brothers, with Founder/Executive Producer JT Thompson'.

Mr. Magic, inducted at the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV Show In 2014 by DJ Marley Marl,

Roxanne Shante, Tyrone Williams & Members of the legendary Juice Crew.


The Hip Hop Hall of Fame's new 'Hip Hop Mobile Museum' will be a state of the art modified

educational and entertainment tour bus that will feature over 50 exhibits, interactive technology,

classroom curriculums, recording studio, a media production center for classroom curriculum

integrations, and video wall for content and educational programming. The tour bus will visit

over 100 schools per year, and go on tour for local and national special events taking the 

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Experience to our fans, students, and communities where we

live and thrive in hip hop music & culture. We need your support to make this invaluable educational

and community education and entertainment outreach resource available kids, students, teachers,

schools, universities, and urban cities in the USA. Help us today and donate to the Hip Hop Mobile Museum.

To sponsor the Hip Hop Mobile Museum project and its programming contact HipHopHoFTeam@gmail.com 

Total Goal: $1,500,000


Funding Breakdown


New Bus: $900,000

Mobile Museum Exhibit Build Out: $600,000



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