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Soundwalk Presents The Bronx: Birth of Hip Hop with Jazzy J and Afrika Bambaataa

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The MTA 6 train en route to the Bronx Soundview Station. The first 30 minutes is to be heard on the train. Board the 6 anywhere south of 59th Street and hit play as you pass 59th Street Station.

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Hip-hop is so influential all over the world that it’s easy to forget it all started in one particular public housing complex in the South Bronx of New York.

Ride the 6 train deep into the South Bronx as Def Jam Records co-founder DJ Jazzy Jay lays down the history of hip-hop and guides you through his neighborhood, where it all began. Stop by the restaurant where hip-hop pioneers used to fuel up before throwing down on the turntables. Walk through the housing project where artists like Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash first started MCing block parties and sampling breakbeats. Sit on the very stage where hip hop was born and stroll the streets to the beats and rhymes of hip-hop’s legendary heavyweights.

This audiowalk was produced by international sound collective, Soundwalk, and won the prestigious 2004 Audie Award for Best Original Work.

Tips & Hours

  • You can take this Detour any day of the week and it is best during daylight hours.

  • This Detour begins on the MTA 6 train en route to the Bronx Soundview Station. The first 30 minutes is meant to be heard on the train. Board a Bronx-bound 6 anywhere south of 59th Street and hit play as you pass 59th Street Station.

  • You'll need an MTA metrocard valued with at least 2 rides so you can get there and back.