New York City

New York Hip-Hop Tour

Badge of ExcellenceNew York City, USA
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Hip-hop music began in New York City, and there's no better way to explore this iconic music genre than this insider’s tour led by one of rap's Grandmasters. This exclusive experience takes you on an interactive musical journey through Manhattan, Harlem, and the Bronx to uncover the origins and evolution of hip-hop and rap music.
  • Explore midtown Manhattan, Harlem, and the Bronx through the lens of hip-hop
  • Gain insight into the origins of the music from your Grandmaster guide
  • Discover the sites of historic battles and music video locations
  • See the Graffiti Wall of Fame and the Apollo Theater in Harlem

What's Included

  • 3 hour tour
  • Transport by luxury coach
  • Live entertainment
  • Celebrity guide
  • Autographs
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029, USA

    In front of the Museum of the City of New York

Start time

11:00 AM

End point

  • Staging With Style NYC
    2300 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10027, USA

    Near 125th Street Subway Station Accessibility to trains, A, B, C & D.

What To Expect

Board the comfortable coach and get ready to be schooled (and entertained) by this four-hour tour that focuses on the origins and history of hip-hop, a genre of music that began in New York City.

With your Grandmaster guide, trace the history and influences of the genre, from the early pioneers such as Grandmaster Caz and DJ Red Alert to the Sugarhill Gang, Public Enemy, and Jay-Z.

Visit rap-related sites such as the Graffiti Wall of Fame, the legendary Apollo Theater, Rucker Park and much more. Stop into a soul food restaurant for lunch (at own expense), and partake in the 'Show Your Skills' segment of the tour to get dressed up in bling.

This tour is essential for hip-hop enthusiasts and those who love them. Fun for the whole family!

Hush Hip Hop Tours

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Harlem

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Apollo Theater

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Bronx

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour operates rain or shine
  • Lunch is not included but available for purchase. Vendors accept cash only so please plan accordingly
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Saturday tours do NOT include a lunch stop
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • During the months of January through March reconfirmation is required due to uncertainty of New York City's weather conditions.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Reviews

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Hip hop is Alive!
David_Z, Jan 2024
The journey of the streets with actual historical places, brings out the passion of the host and yourself in this journey. Hip Hop heads and everyday people will feel the real!!
One of the best things to do in NYC.
Jacek_T, Dec 2023
This was probably the best thing we did in NYC. The guide is just great - so much positive energy, knowledge about hh culture and skill at rapping! I and my teenage kids (all big hh fans) and even my wife (less of a hh fan) were supper happy with the tour. Highly recommended!
High energy great tour
Karen_C, Dec 2023
Your was brilliant, tour guide was great and had great energy. Tour was super interactive, so make sure you bring energy with you! Lol definitely worth doing if you are interested in hip-hop and where it started.
Great tour with a very...
Adriaan_v, Oct 2023
Great tour with a very energetic tourguide We loved the energy, information and of course all the highlights
Amazing 😍
Tyesha_W, Oct 2023
It was fantastic. My whole family enjoyed spending time together and learning from such masters in their field. Would strongly recommend!
Just do it!
David_K, Sep 2023
Fantastic tour, incredible host! If you ever just heard 1 Hip Hop song do the tour! If not start listening to Hip Hop! Respect to the host, you will wirtness the sanctury of Hip Hop! Please Hush Tours do more stuff like this!
Great tour
Carol_S, Jul 2023
We had a great time. A lot of information learned. The tour guide Razor was awesome friendly, and knew his information.
Sedgwick Avenue the...
Matt_A, Jan 2023
Sedgwick Avenue the birthplace of Hip Hop was a highlight for me as this was where kool Herc Started the original Bloc parties
Excellent and wonderful experience.
Luis_B, Jan 2023
Breakdancing at 106th and Park, and talking to Reggie and Mike C, both were wonderful, full of insights, first-hand experience, and willingness to share their passion.
A brilliant fun tour, even if hip hop is not your first language!!
Lorna_H, Dec 2022
This tour is unmissable. Great energy, passion and knowledge shared with such a fun inclusive spirit and some banging tunes!
Hip Hop: the journey
Donald_G, Dec 2022
Our tour guide was old school and had a great perspective of the genre and what it means to our culture.
hip hopwas born 08.11.1973
tashara_g, Oct 2022
hands down just amazing we earned so much and seen both sides of ny harlem bronx my child was able to break dance in harlem seeing the famous graffiti wall
Dope tour fun vibes
Nicholas_K, Sep 2022
Good vibes! Tour guides cool. Dope tour. Cool spots to stop at and take pictures too. Definitely should check out when In nyc
Hip Hop Greatest
Jay_T, Jul 2022
The Rucker park. Historic. I've seen it on YouTube, and to finally step on the court during the tour was epic.
A fun few hours.
Sarah_P, Feb 2020
If you know your hip hop then you’ll enjoy this tour. Grandmaster Caz is a great guide, enthusiastic and lots of great stories to tell. You’ll see lots of parts of New York you probably wouldn’t see otherwise.
The best tour ever!
dirk_h, Jan 2020
Never did a tour like that! Grandmaster CAZ was amazing and we so much fun! You must do that tour!!!
Awesome Tour
rtilos, Aug 2019
Highly recommend this tour! Guides were legit, one a current rapper and the other was a pioneer. Both were enthusiastic and genuinely loved telling the hip hop story. Starting off to pay tribute to a few no longer with us like Aaliyah and Biggie to partying on the bus listening to NY's finest. Every aspect of hip hop covered.
Hip-Hop history
Fabiola E, Apr 2019
Awesome opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the music I love, hip hop. Seeing the sights of its Genesis was awe inspiring. Graffiti, breakdancing, emceeing and DJing all in unison was definitely something to behold. Having it curated by one of the greatest MCS who ever lived, Grandmaster Caz, made it that much more special. Highly recommended, and it was great for kids as well.
Fun, upbeat, informative, tour
FrequentFlier58884, Mar 2019
Took my 20 year old son on this tour. We both loved the tour. The guides were Hip Hop artists themselves, which made the tour all the more special. Don't miss this tour. We plan on taking their Brooklyn tour on our next visit.
History and places
julainea123, Dec 2018
Was fun and unusual Grand master Caz is the real deal probably the worst thing is that he never stops telling you about himself You get to go to Harlem and the Bronx and learn the history of hip hop as well as get some good soul food.The cafe at the meeting point at the start is good, well worth eating there first - except for the coffee but hey that’s America
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