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Why does American music have so many halls of fame?

The US loves to celebrate success. Little wonder, then, that every music form is honoured with centres across the States, from a new hip-hop home in Harlem to a venue celebrating the heroes of South Dakota rock
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Rapper Jay-Z performs onstage during TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIDAL)

Hip-hop has always been about stacking paper. Yet despite having money on their mind, artists seem to have taken a while to adopt America’s favourite lucrative merchandising strategy: Disneyfication.

Thankfully, this oversight has been remedied this week, with news of a planned Hip-Hop Hall of Fame in Harlem. The $150m (£118m) complex, potentially somewhere near the legendary Apollo Theater, will one day

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