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Touring the City Where Hip-Hop Started!

New York
New York

Hip-Hop Hush Tours
(The Root) -- Hip-hop is to New York City what country music is to Nashville. A cool way to explore rap's evolution in the Big Apple is to take a trip with Hush Tours, a company that specializes in hip-hop history and lore with an eye to the vibrant black and Latino communities from which the culture is derived.

With a selection of comprehensive tours that range from $32 to $68 and span four of the city's five boroughs (from the Bronx and Manhattan to Queens and Brooklyn), Hush features excursions led by a rotating crew of hip-hop pioneers. Icons such as Grandmaster Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers, Kurtis Blow, DJ Red Alert, Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box (the New York City precursor to Yo! MTV Raps) and the genre's legendary DJ Kool Herc offer their unique and informative firsthand accounts.

Offered Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00AM and on Saturdays at 10:00AM & 3:00PM the four-hour Birthplace of Hip-Hop: Harlem/Bronx Bus Tour, helmed by the charismatic and extremely comical Grand Master Caz who was assisted by B-boy, graffiti artist and onboard DJ Nelson "Chief69" Seda. A celebrity guided tour through the Mecca of Black Culture, stopping by many of the city’s most remarkable sites. The Apollo Theatre, the legendary 125th Street, and many other influential political and cultural sites the Big Apple has to offer. Gain access into disregarded wonders of NYC, as you travel from the Empire State Building to Yankee Stadium.