New York City is the birthplace of hip-hop. Fifty years on, the artistic movement that came from the Bronx now straddles the globe. Here's how to celebrate the anniversary in NYC.
There are all sorts of ways to explore hip-hop culture in NYC. Read about historical and contemporary figures, art, businesses and more.
Hip-hop started in the Bronx but quickly became a part of overall NYC culture. Here are some historic and inspirational guides around hip-hop in each borough.
It all began on August 11, 1973, when DJ Kool Herc ignited a cultural revolution. Trace the roots of hip-hop culture and delve into how the Bronx has shaped it ever since.
With its roster of legends, Queens continues to leave an indelible mark on hip-hop culture. Learn about the artists and locations that have made the borough essential.
Trailblazing artists like the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z came from the borough. Discover Brooklyn's enduring legacy, where rap legends and trendsetting fashion converge.
Hip-Hop Started In the South Bronx
The South Bronx is famous for being the birthplace of hip-hop and graffiti, but there's also an abundance of heartfelt new offerings in the area spearheaded by locals. South Bronx native, celebrated DJ and owner of Sankofa Haus, Michael “DJ Spynfo” Eagen, shows us around the neighborhood of Mott Haven. As Eagen invites us along to explore, he connects with friends to reflect on the neighborhood’s progression from the 1970s to now. Watch to learn more.
In honor of hip-hop's 50th anniversary, explore 50 places across the five boroughs that are significant to the culture.