Birthplace of Hip Hop Tour - Harlem & The Bronx

Hush Tours

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  • Explore the Brooklyn neighborhoods, schools, and street corners in your favorite rap songs, from Flatbush Ave to Junior’s Restaurant.

  • Take a stroll through Harlem to the sites that nurtured Hip Hop culture, with the Hip Hop pioneers themselves as your guide!

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The Birthplace of Hip Hop tour is at the heart of our New York tour experience. You’ll ride through Harlem and travel through the “Boogie Down” Bronx, where you will see some of the most important sites in hip hop. Only Hush Tours will take you to these secret Battle Sites, Historic Clubs, and the scenes for some of the most famous music video and movie locations.

Travel through classic hip hop terrain on an intimate ride led by one of our famous hosts, including Grandmaster Caz (from the Cold Crush Brothers), Kurtis Blow, Rahiem (from the Furious Five), Reggie Reg (from Crash Crew). Their stories will give you insight into the history and growth of hip hop as you check out some of its most important landmarks, like:
  • Rucker Park
  • Graffiti Wall of Fame
  • Harlem World
  • The Apollo Theater
  • Yankee Stadium
  • Famous Murals Dedicated to Legends like Big L, Kool Herc, and More
Visit the site of the first ever hip hop party (hosted by DJ Kool Herc) and take photos of all of the iconic street murals and also get to take photos with your guides, get autographs, and receive a complimentary group photo of the whole tour crew. If you do nothing else in New York, you have to take the Birthplace of Hip Hop tour.

What Is Not Included?

Lunch is not included in the price of the tour, but there is a stop made at a restaurant. Souvenirs are not included in the price of the tour. Our participants have the opportunity to purchase exclusive CDs, T-Shirts, and more to remind them of their trip. Please bring cash if you might want to purchase lunch and/or souvenirs.

Meeting Location

Near Bloomingdales in Midtown Manhattan (New York, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Rating: 5
gator9jv Fri, Oct 24  11:00 AM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
If you grew up listening to the pioneers of hip hop, then this is a must see and do. The simple fact that Grandmaster Caz was our tour guide was awesome itself, but it also gives an experience of NYC life that many don't know about let alone understand. From allowing members of the tour group to participate in break dancing, seeing one of a kind graffiti art works, visiting Yankee Stadium, and seeing places where hip hop history was made, I definitely recommend it. My buddies and I will never forget. Thanks Casanova Fly.
Rating: 5
Engaging, informative, and flat out cool
BShane73 Fri, Oct 24  11:00 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
A raw experiance from the streets where it all began, there isn't any better tway to see a true authentic side of New York! Who better than the Hip Hop legends them self to tell the story. CAZ brought all of it to life, hats off sir!
Rating: 5
Amazingly super fantastic brilliant fun!!!!
MUZIKMAN Fri, Oct 24  11:00 AM Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The best tour I've ever been on. Grandmaster Caz is such an amazing personality. Very friendly, very funny, very informative; not just Hip Hop knowledge but also political, geographical and social information. Some of the best landmarks in New York were seen. I would even go on it again. No way would you see as many things for the price of the tour if you were to get cab rides across NY. Made my entire visit to NY worthwhile. Good for all age groups, all races, all cultures. A must for any Hip Hop fan or Hip Hop Scholar!!!
Rating: 5
Nilssvensson Wed, Oct 22  11:00 AM Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
It doesn't matter if are a hip hop lover or not - the enthusiastic guide makes this an inspiring and interesting tour!!
Rating: 5
A must for old and young if you like hiphop.
RRDdeVries Wed, Oct 22  11:00 AM Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
We took our grandson "Bob" a fanatic "breakdancer" on this tour .GrandMaster Caz gave us a complete history of the Hip Hop culture, during a very interesting tour trough Harlem and the Bronx.Tour included outside the Rap music,Graffiti and a short Break Dance course, which ended with a battle between my grandson and the break-dance teacher, a nice lunch in a famous soul food restaurant, which was excellent. This tour turned out to be one of our best experiences during our week trip in New York. GM Caz and his crew run a top show. A must for all my other grandchildren and their parents.
Rating: 5
Hush Tour - Birthplace of Hip-Hop
ericbednarsk Sat, Oct 18  11:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
A great way to see New York, and learn about Hip-Hop culture and history. Excellent!
Rating: 5
One of the highlights during our NYC trip
Dynamike100 Wed, Oct 15  11:00 AM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
A lot of fun for as well the old skool hip hop fans and youngsters
Rating: 5
Hip Hop fun in Bronx and Harlem
Lydialei Sat, Oct 11  11:00 AM Female 40-49 Combination Family With Children
Grandmaster Caz gave us a fantastic tour trough Harlem and Bronx. It was very interesting and fun! Loved when he sang on the bus!
Rating: 5
wardy2c Wed, Oct 8  11:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Really enjoyed spending day with the legendary Grandmaster Caz and the Hush Crew. Took us on a walk through history through the culture, style and music of hiphop. You haven't really been to NYC if you haven't rolled through with hush
Rating: 5
yvettecastro Sat, Oct 4  11:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
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Why Should I Take the Hush Tour?
Hush Tours is the only experience of its kind. It is a comprehensive hip hop tour that focuses on the true origins of hip hop culture 40 years ago, with real celebrity talent as tour guides. Every Hush Tour is its own unique experience, providing a comprehensive overview of the most important elements of the New York hip hop scene. From DJs, MCs, B-Boys, and Graffiti artists, every tour is designed to provide you with a one of a kind opportunity to see a side of New York that not even residents have seen.
But I Don’t Like Rap. Will I Like This Tour?
Absolutely. Hip hop is a culture, not simply a style of music. Hip hop culture is filled with an incredible artistic history, as well as a community that has influenced generations not only in New York, but around the world. Our tours have humor, energy, and a stories all their own, and take you into areas of New York that you don’t have to like hip hop music to appreciate.
Is Your Tour Age Appropriate?
Yes. We frequently have guests over the age of 5 on the tour, and we are very popular with teenagers and young adults all the way to senior citizens.
What Age Qualifies for a Child Ticket?
Child tickets are available for anyone between the ages of 6 to 18.
Can I Send My Child Alone?
We do allow teenagers to be on the bus alone. Keep in mind that the tours often make stops, so your child will be expected to stay with the group at all times. Please make sure you provide them with some type of cell phone so that they can reach you, and let us know in advance that your child will be on board without adult supervision.
If a Tour is Sold Out, Do You Have a Waiting List?
Not yet. Our tours are available on a first come, first served basis. Tours usually do sell out, so we encourage you to purchase tickets well in advance and plan your trip accordingly.
What Ethnic Group, Gender, and/or Age Audience is Hush Tours For?
All of them! Hush Tours is the definition of family friendly. Hip hop culture isn’t about age, ethnicity, or gender. It’s about experiencing the birthplace of a movement that has touched future generations. We’re a great choice for those that appreciate both old school and new school hip hop, and if you read our reviews you’ll see that even those that have never had much flavor for hip hop culture have loved their Hush Tours experience.
Do I Really Get to Meet Celebrities with Hush Tours?
Yes! Your tour guides are all legends of hip hop, and were themselves a part of hip hop history. Some of your possible celebrity guides include Grandmaster Caz of The Cold Crush Brothers, Rahiem from Grand Master Flash & The Furious Five, Ralph McDaniels, Lady K Fever, Johnny Famous, DJ Red Alert, as well as several others, and there are always surprise guest on each tour.
Do You Cancel in Bad Weather?
You know nothing can stop hip hop. Except for snow and dangerous storms of course. We do everything we can to still hold our tours and cancellations are very rare. Expect the tour to continue unless the weather is severe, and call us if you’re concerned.
Are There Any Other Tours Like Hush Tours in NYC?
None. Hush Tours is a one of a kind experience. Not only is it the only tour of hip hop history, it’s also the only tour narrated by the legends that have been there. There are other tours that go through Harlem or hit up some of the Jazz clubs, but no other tour provides the same perspective and insight on the total hip hop experience that you receive through Hush Tours.
Do You Ever Skip Sections of the Tour?
While rare, we do occasionally need to modify a tour last minute or skip planned locations as a result of traffic conditions, construction, or issues that affect the tour route. We assume no responsibility for access to sites and activities or circumstances beyond our control. Keep in mind that on occasion we’ll also change up our tours on purpose to provide a brand new experience to the visitor.
Is Your Tour Available in Any Language Besides English?
Yes, provide points of interest written in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Korean, and Japanese. Unfortunately, our tour guides only speak English during the tour, however this tour is both musical and visual and can appreciated by those that do not speak the language. Hip Hop appeals to people of all backgrounds.
Is Your Tour Bus Wheelchair Accessible?
Unfortunately, no. At the moment, we do not have a bus that is wheelchair accessible. We are looking into it.
What Are the Requirements for a Discounted Ticket?
All children 18 and under qualify for a youth ticket, which is offered at a discount. Keep in mind when you purchase a tickets that those not escorted by an adult are expected to stay with the group at all times, and responsible for sticking with the group. We do recommend that children under the age of 14 or those that have a tendency to wander off come with an adult, but it is not required.
Do You Allow Videotaping?
We do allow photography off the bus, but filming and audiotaping are prohibited. Our guides like to be able to speak with you freely and tell you stories that they want coming from them in person.
Do You Offer Gift Certificates?
Yes! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Can I Book a Private/Customized Tour?
Absolutely! We offer private and customized tours for groups, billed at an hourly rate with a minimum of 4 hours. Learn more about our private tours by contacting
I Have a Coupon Code. How Do I Use It?
Each coupon code has specific guidelines for use. Some may be for specific types of tickets/tours, and other may be for limited time frames. If you find you are having difficulty using a coupon code online, please call us at 212-714-3544 and we’ll look into the problem.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

Lunch Stop
It is recommended that you bring cash for lunch many restaurants do not accept credit cards.
Winter Months
Please email or call 212 714-3527 24 hours prior to tour date during the months of December - March to reconfirm and receive up to date tour information as the weather patterns fluctuate.

Hush Tours

Hush Tours, Inc. is owned and operated by a Licensed New York City Tour Guide and has been in operation since June 2002. We have been inviting our guests to join us in celebration of New York City as the birthplace of Hip Hop culture! We have been featured on MTV, VH1, BET and The Fuse Network along with numerous other national and international press outlets and participates in the annual promotion with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vh1 Hip Hop Honors Week.

Our vision is to preserve the roots of hip hop culture while offering our guests a family friendly opportunity to revisit present day history. This fact finding tour allows visitors to meet, greet and be guided by hip hop legends like Grandmaster Caz, Kurtis Blow, Raheim, Reggie Reg. Ralph McDaniels, Melle Mel, DJ Kool Herc and an assortment of others. Customers are taught the true essence of hip hop culture in an educational and entertaining format while traveling outside of the beaten path.

Hush Tours is an active member of NYC & Co., The Bronx Tourism Council, the East Harlem Tourism Board and a City and State Certified M/WBE.
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