February 23, 2009

Burger joint pays homage to rap pioneers

Hip-hop pioneer Darryl McDaniels says he hopes Hollis Famous Burgers, a new eatery in New York that doubles as a rap museum, inspires patrons.

The New York Times said the burger joint in the predominantly black neighborhood of Hollis in New York's Queens borough displays on its walls more than 100 items related to, or donated by, homegrown hip-hop talent such as Run-DMC, Ja Rule, LL Cool J, and Irv Gotti, the founder of Murder Inc.

Hollis is our Motown, our Nashville, our Beale Street, restaurant owner Orville Hall told the Times.

McDaniels, a founding member of Run-DMC, attended the eatery's grand opening last week.

Because we did something good, people in hoods all over the world were able to look at us and say, 'Yo, I know what I can do, and I know what I can be.' If you don't believe it, then history is on the wall, homie, said McDaniels, who donated one of his gold records, Run-DMC, as well as his platinum record "Raising Hell, to the restaurant.