Birthplace of Hip Hop Tour - Harlem & The Bronx

Hush Tours

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Activity #457
  • From Spike Lee joints to the hometown of the Notorious B.I.G., check out the sights and sounds of classic Hip-Hop culture in Brooklyn!

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

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


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Description

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
Awesome insights
Sat, Aug 22  10:00 AM Male 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
 
As the legendary Kurtis Blow was our guide, the tour was spectacularly filled with amazing insights to the history of hiphop. Together with his partner and especially the bus driver (he knows so much about hiphop), Kurtis performed a great tour for our group. Thanks to everyone participated in organizing and conducting such a great tour. I had a great time and highly recommend this tour to everyone who is interested in the culture of hiphop.
Rating: 4
Interesting stories, not enough time to enjoy it
Wed, Aug 19  11:00 AM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
I thought the tour was fun, but felt a bit rushed when trying to soak in the sights and history of hip hop. We spent a couple minutes at the Apollo and did not even go inside. Pity. Perhaps a few less stops with more time at each would be better.
Rating: 5
great experience with great guide
Wed, Aug 19  11:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Other
 
It was nice to get some insider hiphop information from the legendary grandmaster caz..he was an awesome guide!!!
Rating: 4
The Best Tour I Have Been On
Fri, Aug 14  11:00 AM Male 30-39 Local Individual
 
Due to the L train being delayed for 20 plus minutes, I exited the train at First Ave to catch a cab. When in the cab, a representative from Hush Tours texted me about my whereabouts, and I called to make them aware of what happened, where I was, and my interest in meeting the bus to participate in the tour. The bus driver told me where to meet him, and I met the bus and the hip-hop tour proceeded. Grandmaster Caz and his assistant were professionals, and made, what I saw, all of the tourist feel comfortable.

Also, I'm Brooklyn born and raised, and was the only non-local tourist aboard, and because you're from NYC, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do features that tourist are known to do. I learned a lot about hip-hop in NYC from primary source--Grandmaster Caz, and saw NYC through through a different lens being that I'm a native New Yorker. I recommend this tour for all local, national, and international tourist!
Rating: 5
Hip Hop Hurray !
Fri, Aug 14  11:00 AM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Our Tour was fantastic, We came from Canada to check it out, with my 18 year old son. We all thought the stops along the way added a lot of information, and especially enjoyed seeing Harlem and the Bronx, off the beaten path of normal tours. I highly recommend you check this out when you are in NYC if you are a fan of hip hop, or want to learn more about it. Toug guides add a lot of information and backstory. Great job guys !
Rating: 4
Is a very complete way to know about the hiphop
Wed, Aug 12  11:00 AM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Other
 
Its a very good way to know about the hiphop coolture and the begginings. Caz is really funny and the entair team is good and friendly.

I only want to say that the spanish description has very bad spelling, you have to fix it.
Rating: 4
good
Wed, Aug 5  11:00 AM Male Under 20 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
goood
Rating: 5
A MUST DO FOR ANY HIP HOP ENTHUSIAST!!!!!
Wed, Aug 5  11:00 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Grandmaster Caz is an amazing, gregarious host who is dropping knowledge constantly. We liked Harlem so much that we went back to visit different sections that were talked about on the tour. Highly recommended!!!!!
Rating: 5
Must for Hip Hop Fiend
Fri, Jul 31  11:00 AM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
This tour is for sure recommended for anyone who has love for hip hop,

you wont find a tour like this anywhere else in the world and they treat you so well,

I'm so glad i took this tour as a hip hop head i was overwhelmed by the knowledge and story's that were told,

they places visited were iconic to hip hop and it was just a straight up fun day.
Rating: 5
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Wed, Jul 29  11:00 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
It was an honour to have one of the originals, Grandmaster Caz, be our tour guide and getting the story of Hip Hop first hand. Presented with the right mix of education and entertainment, Caz passionately recounted the humble beginnings of Hip Hop and peppered it with lots of anecdotes, personal notes and visits to Hip Hop landmarks in Harlem and the Bronx.
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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?
All children ages 6-18, who will take their own seat on the bus, must purchase a reduced price Child ticket. Any children ages 5 and under who will not need their own seat may come free of charge, but must sit on an adults lap. If a child 5 and under does require their own seat, he or she must have a reduced price Child ticket.
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 reservations@hushtours.com
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.

Policies

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 reservations@hushtours.com 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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