New York Hip Hop Tours
By Viator, December 2010
How did it all happen? How has hip hop developed in its birthplace and how has it in turn influenced the city? Spend the afternoon in Manhattan and the Bronx with a real Grandmaster and hear how early rappers turned funk and soul into something new, creating early hits like “Rapper’s Delight”. See the actual streets which spawned the look and the sound of hip hop and visit the Graffiti Wall of Fame in Spanish Harlem. Of course hip hop is a living artform so you’ll not only see and hear hip hop culture, but get to try out your own skills as well.
Or you can head to Harlem and immerse yourself in neighborhood’ rich, proud heritage, concentrating on the venues, clubs and stores which at first inspired, then played host to top hip hop artists, from the legendary Apollo Theater to Dip Set record shop.
Just as interesting is the mid-point in hip hop’s development, when the underground went overground and a passion became an industry. Discover how artists like Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys broke down color barriers and took hip hop to the top of the charts, where it remains to this day. And if you think you can be the next 50 Cent, step up to the mic at hip hop karaoke and put your money where your mouth is.