Afrika Bambaataa

In this Feb. 28, 2006 file photo, Afrika Bambaataa speaks at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in New York. Hip-hop began in the early 1970s as an alternative to gang activity. Before the music was recorded, founding fathers like DJ Afrika Bambaataa – whose slogan was “peace, love, unity and having fun” – would play Malcolm X’s voice over instrumental break beats. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

NEW YORK (AP) — The pioneers of hip-hop are hoping to create a museum in the Bronx dedicated to the genre.

Organizers say it would be called the Universal Hip Hop Museum.

Afrika Bambaataa says the museum would look at the historical and cultural roots of hip-hop and the contributions made by break dancers and disc jockeys.

Bambaataa is frequently called the father of hip-hop. He would serve as the museum’s chairman.

The museum hopes to open in 2017 inside the Kingsbridge Armory, which is being redeveloped into a national ice sports center. The plan was announced at a news conference on Wednesday.

Bambaataa says many people think of rappers when they hear the word hip-hop. But he says there’s a whole culture and movement behind it.

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