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New York Hip-Hop Tour

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  • Offered in: English


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
    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


1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Apollo Theater

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


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
  • Saturday tours do NOT include a lunch stop
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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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308 reviews
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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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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
I've been all around the world...and this was the BEST
Amber_C, Aug 2018
True, I may be completely biased by my background as a Hip Hop promoter/manager/educator. But this was one of the BEST tours I have ever been on. Grandmaster Caz is what sold me to take this tour, and he was completely worth every penny. The points are interesting, the tour is highly engaging and for a true Hip Hop head it was like traveling to a time and space the exists with each of us. I also brought along my 69 year old mother, and she said the tour was so interesting and informative. I will warn you there is a lot of getting gone and off the bus, and the bathroom break doesn't come into nearly the end of the 4 hours (so plan accordingly). But the bus was really comfortable. I don't know what else I can say to convince you to take this tour...but everyone should do it (btw, it seems really family friendly as on our tour there were kids to folks my mother's age).
It was not as fun as I thought it...
MONIQUE_M, Apr 2018
It was not as fun as I thought it would be. First off the bus was not a luxury coach as it states on the description of the tour. It was a small bus that did have cloth seats but in no way a luxury coach. There were equipment problems with the microphone and the TV. It was definitely not worth the money. I was really disappointed as were my 2 kids. The tour guide did a good job but he talked about himself and his career too much. I also thought that he was too old school. I think they need someone a little younger that could relate better to the younger generation on the bus. My 2 teenagers didn't know half of the people he spoke about. The best part was going to the NY museum and seeing the break dancer perform, he was very engaging in the group and alot of fun. Unfortunately this is not something I would do again or recommend to anyone. Way overpriced for what we got.
1 traveler found this review helpful
If you love Hip Hop, then this is...
E_M, Apr 2018
If you love Hip Hop, then this is the tour for you! Right in the heart of Hip Hop NYC! Loved it!
Brilliant tour! Entertaining and...
Andrea M, Dec 2017
Brilliant tour! Entertaining and informative. Great host!. Highly recommend it... ..
The most authentic tour I have ever...
SV, Aug 2017
The most authentic tour I have ever had. Grand Master Caz will show NYC that even New Yourkers do not see. You will cover a lot of ground andhave so much fun!!!!! Loved it and can highly recommend!
Very fun for both us seasoned folks...
Ruenell A, Aug 2017
Very fun for both us seasoned folks and the young folks. Loved meeting and interacting with Grandmaster Caz and his crew.
If only I could give more...
Donte M, Jul 2017
If only I could give more stars...This was one of our favorite tours! The people are very nice, inclusive, knowledgeable, and know how to have a great time. We are already planning to do this tour again when we travel to New York again.
This is a great tour for any age. I...
claudia J, Feb 2016
This is a great tour for any age. I took my two 17 year old sons and my 63 year old cousin and we thoroughly enjoyed it. There were people on our tour from all over the world. Great experiencing for anyone.
The best tour in NYC!! If you're a...
Andrew C, Oct 2015
The best tour in NYC!! If you're a old school, life long hiphoper or know little to nothing about the culture this tour is awesome! Highly recommended!!
We had an awesome time on this tour...
Kim A, Aug 2015
We had an awesome time on this tour - a bit pricey but still worthwhile. Very informative, we learnt alot. The tour was very interactive and we got to see quite a bit of New York which we would not have done by ourselves. Five stars xxxxx
1 traveler found this review helpful
This is the best tour I have ever...
Tracie W, Aug 2015
This is the best tour I have ever been on! Worth every dime and truly a unique experience. Not your average tour!
Great tour and Grand Master Caz and...
Joseph B, Jul 2015
Great tour and Grand Master Caz and Rayza were excellent guides and hosts.
1 traveler found this review helpful
My 13 year old son, my husband and I...
Deirdre E, Jun 2015
My 13 year old son, my husband and I saw, experienced and learned so much on this fun and entertaining tour. The tour exceeded our expectations and ended with a delicious lunch. I highly recommend this memorable tour to anyone who is interested in hip hop culture!
Best tour I have ever been on. This...
Laura C, Jun 2015
Best tour I have ever been on. This is a must for any Hip Hop lover, young or old. It gives you a history of the culture of Hip Hop and is all hosted by none other than the legend that is Grandmaster Caz. He is a true artist from Old Skool Hip Hop generation and his local knowledge and enthusiaum makes this trip captivating!
This was the best tour I've ever been...
Amanda A, May 2015
This was the best tour I've ever been on. Highly interactive and real old school superstars!
Fantastic tour. Nice to see New York...
Ryan C, Aug 2014
Fantastic tour. Nice to see New York outside the cliches. Would recommend extensively any Hip=hop as well as New York fans!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Absolutely tremendous tour. Great...
Elainna S, Aug 2014
Absolutely tremendous tour. Great tour guide (Grandmaster Caz is a legend) who tells the history of hip hop with enthusiasm. Some great stop offs, including the Graffiti exhibition and breakdancing demo. A highly recommended tour suitable for all ages.


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