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Grab your shoulder-mounted boombox and board a bus with hip-hop legends, enthusiasts, and beats to experience the genre's humble NYC beginnings. For $30, you get one guided hip-hop tour of New York by Hush Hip Hop Tours, a value of up to $63. Each four-hour journey is led by pioneers, including but not limited to GrandMaster Caz (Cold Crush Brothers), Kurtis Blow, Rahiem (Furious Five), and Reggie Reg (Crash Crew). They'll take you through their old stomping grounds on a luxury motor coach, while sharing personal stories and anecdotes as only a pre-old-school rhyme master could.
Choose from several tour options, each covering different boroughs and slices of history. Harken back to a time when hip-hop was a cultural movement that redefined a city, and find out if cat bling was one of the original four pillars, or a later addition. The Rapper's Row Queens Bridge & Hollis tour rolls through midtown Manhattan and Queens; see where Salt-n-Pepa, LL Cool J, and 50 Cent got their starts. Or take the tour of Harlem and the Bronx, where you'll learn about the style's infancy and incubation in the late '70s.
Each free-styling guide will also shed light onto the current hip-happenings of the industry. You get four hours to learn about everything you can about today and yesterday. They'll gladly answer questions, take some snap shots, or destroy challengers in a rap battle. To save a seat on this bumpin' bus, check the calendar for available dates and tours, and then call to reserve. Gather a tight crew of aficionados, poetry slammers, or horse whisperers for a day of cruising and conversing with hip-hop's greatest.
Your Groupon is not good for the Where Brooklyn At/Groovaloo Hip Hop Dance Show.
- Because the artists are right there beside you for all or most of the trip...you can ask them questions, challenge them to an emcee battle or just listen to them reminisce. – Rebecca Louie, Daily News
- ...hearing these luminaries trade stories about Hip-Hop's heyday is worth more than the weight of the dookie chain they want you to wear. – Jessica Koslow, Mugshot
- This is definitely one bus that old school heads will not want to miss. – Gleeford Koob, YRB