Let’s make something clear right up front: some of the most important places in hip hop history are pretty rough. Rappers have never been shy about drug deals, street violence and poverty. You don’t want to go to the Queensbridge projects and start asking about Nas’ criminal past. These spots are a little more tourist-friendly.
The Apollo Theater
The legendary theater is an important part of both hip hop culture and Black American arts in general. A great place to see a show, because if it sucks, it gets swept off stage.
Rappers take us on a journey through our headphones, but if you find yourself in NYC, make sure to visit these 8 hip hop meccas.