Birthplace of Hip Hop Tour - Harlem & The Bronx

Hush Tours

Zerve Seller: hiphoplook
Activity #457
  • 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.

On the four-hour version of this tour, we will be making a lunch stop at an authentic New York restaurant. Please note the the three-hour version of this tour does not stop for lunch.

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:
  • Hip Hop Revolution Exhibition April 6 - Sept 15, 2015 (Museum Donation Welcomed)
  • 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. The four-hour version of this tour will be making a lunch stop. Please bring cash as it is likely that the restaurant we will visit won't accept credit cards. The three-hour trip will not be stopping for lunch. Please feel free to bring a snack along.

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
Really enjoyable walk through hip hop
Wed, Apr 8  11:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
Really enjoyed this hip hop tour. A great way to see the birthplace of hip hop and parts of newyork off the beaten track. The tour guide is none other than grandmaster caz who tells great stories and knows everything their is to know about hip hop and new york itself. I would definitely recommend this tour
Rating: 5
Sat, Apr 4  11:00 AM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
Amazing tour for the birthplace of hiphop with grandmatser caz

A lot of energy and enthousiasm. It covers many aspect music, graffiti, dance...

You will learn interesting anecdotes about hip hop

I strongly recommend this tour

If i had to giv a tiny negative it would be the soundsystem installation in the bus that saturates and don t support the high volume but you quickly forget as you enjoy so much
Rating: 4
a fun ride
Fri, Mar 27  11:00 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
lots of fun. interesting background on the early stages of hip hop. lots of laughs. fun bonding time with my family.
Hush Tours responded:

Thanks for the positive words! Glad you were able to have some family bonding time while learning about Hip-Hop history!
Rating: 5
My review
Fri, Mar 27  11:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
It was F-L-Y!!!

GMC and the crew were incredible tour guides whose passion for what they do shone through.

These guys are NYC's finest.
Hush Tours responded:

Thanks for hopping on the Birthplace tour and also for the kind words! Glad you were able to attend and spend time with some of NYC's finest. There's plenty more to see/learn next time you're in NYC!
Rating: 5
The one and only
Sat, Mar 21  11:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
Highly recommended for everyone who are interested in hip hop culture and for travelors who want to experience something different. Grandmaster Caz is not only legendary rapper but the amazing tour guide. Everything is perfect!
Hush Tours responded:

Thank you for the kind words - Glad you got a chance to experience something different during this trip. Would love to have you back next time!
Rating: 5
The Best
Wed, Mar 18  11:00 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This tour was very good. Grandmaster Caz was very knowledgeable and gave a good history of hip hop and how it began. He covered the four elements of hip hop . He is very down to earth and has a good personality and not to mention he is an old school legend and pioneer .I recommend this tour to anyone visiting New York.
Hush Tours responded:

Thanks for hopping on the bus and for the positive review. Love to hear that you and the family were able to learn some Hip-Hop history and enjoy quality time with Caz!
Rating: 4
Excellent tour!
Sat, Mar 14  11:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
Wanted to do something different and get all the way uptown. Grandmaster caz is an excellent tour guide who takes you through some really interesting parts of hip hop history. Good times good tunes, definitely recommended. PEACE
Rating: 4
good vibes
Wed, Mar 11  11:00 AM Male Under 20 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Great tour guides, and fun sights. Recommended to anyone who loves learning about things they don't know about or hip hop lovers of a lll ages.
Rating: 5
Wed, Mar 4  11:00 AM Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
My boyfriend and me booked this tour during our NYC Trip. My boyfriend likes Hip Hop. I just joined. But I was really impressed and it was really interessting and our guide Grandmaster Caz was perfect. We read a lot of him before the trip and to see him on this Hip Hop Historical Places was emazing. We really enjoyed it. It was one of our favorite tour in NYC. And with the New York Pass we got 10% off. That was great to. This Tour is a MUST for everyone who is interessted in music history. The way how Caz decribed everything incl. live performance in the bus, the musicmixes, the food and everything else was perfect. Thank you for nice time we spend with you!
Rating: 5
Brilliant journey through the history of hip-hop
Sat, Feb 28  11:00 AM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
A fantastic tour through the history of one of 20th century's greatest art forms. 21st century too. As many other fads - eg disco - have become a thing of the past, hip-hop is as vibrant today as it was in the beginning. Grandmaster Caz is a smart and witty host with wicked rap skills. This is a fascinating tour through some of the landmarks from the birth of rap. Caz was instrumental in the evolution of hip-hop, so while this tour is about the wider art form, there is a personal story behind it. No spoilers here though - go see for yourself!
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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.
What is the difference between the three and four hour versions of this tour?
The four-hour version of this tour will be making a lunch stop at an authentic New York restaurant. If you choose to attend the four-hour tour, please bring cash, as the place we will be stopping at may not accept credit cards. Please note that the three-hour version of this tour will not be stopping for lunch. Feel free to bring along a snack!
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.
Is lunch included in the tour?
Effective May 1, 2015 thru November 30, 2015 (Saturdays only) the tour is 3 hours and there is no lunch stop.


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

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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