Well before the Globetrotters and the “Harlem Shake” appeared, there was Harlem, the neighborhood that is the birthplace of hip-hop. Harlem’s contributions to hip-hop, art, and culture are unmatched. On this guided walking tour, led by a hip-hop historian, check out important landmarks like the Apollo Theater, the Graffiti Wall of Fame, Lenox Lounge, historic Harlem jazz clubs, and more. See popular locations for hip-hop music videos and hear exclusive stories. Admission to the Museum of the City of New York is included.
Discover the origins of hip-hop on a guided walking tour of Harlem
Hear history and stories from your guide, a real hip-hop pioneer
See the legendary Apollo Theater
Visit Dip Set, the oldest record store in Harlem
Admission to the Museum of the City of New York included
West 125th Street, W 125th St, New York, NY 10027, USA
What To Expect
Meet your guide at a central meeting point and take an unforgettable journey through the history and evolution of hip-hop culture on this walking tour in Harlem. Expect to meet, greet, and be guided by hip-hop legends. Learn about the history of New York City, and then visit important landmark locations like the Apollo Theater, the epicenter of African-American culture and a driving force in shaping America’s musical landscape. Lenox Lounge is a bar that has hosted classic performances by many great jazz artists. See some of Harlem’s oldest record stores and clubs This Harlem hip-hop walking tour is family-friendly and suitable for fans of all ages. It’s a unique musical and cultural experience that can only be presented by the city’s legends of hip-hop themselves—offering guests a rare, interactive, off-the-wall look into New York’s legendary hip-hop culture.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Tour is operated in rain or shine
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Somewhat boring. The guide was nice...
, Mar 2018
Somewhat boring. The guide was nice, but not much of a tour
This tour focused more on the history and sites of Harlem, more so than Harlem's connection to Hip Hop. The guide was friendly and accommodating, and managed to answer most of the questions from the group, however the information given lent more towards responses from questions about hip hop from the group, rather than an informed tour of Harlem and its specific relations to Hip Hop the only thing relevant on the tour was some graffiti art I gave this tour a 3, as despite it not being relevant to Hip Hop, the guide did give the group a guide to Harlem itself and its history, so for this it was worth it, as I had an interest in Harlem.
The tour was fun and informative. Reggie Reg guided us around Harlem and shared his personal knowledge and experiences with us. He showed us photos, played us music and even sang for us. He was friendly and engaging throughout the tour and happy to answer all of our questions. There was plenty of time to stop and take photos and talk about what we were seeing. In the high heat and humidity, this relaxed pace was welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and am eager to return to Harlem on my next visit to NYC.
My tour was outstanding. the tour was given by Grand Master Caz who was the best. As an member of the Cold Crush Brothers an original Hip Hop group he was extremely knowledgeable. We had teenagers with who are still talking to the friends about the tour. As an adult who comes to Harlem frequently, I learned so much.
This tour was amazing. We were lead around Harlem by a veritable hip hop pioneer . He had lots of stories and insights into hip hop and the Harlem neighbourhood. Really amazing. Great guide and nice guy too. Went out of his way to show us even more to Harlem . Highly recommend thisctour