Hit the streets on a hip-hop tour of Brooklyn

Busta Rhymes. Foxy Brown. Jay-Z. Adam Yauch. Biggie Smalls. As Fuse TV has pointed out, it’s undeniable how much hip-hop history took place right here in Brooklyn. The Bronx, Queens, Harlem — sure, they’ve all had their moments — but no other borough gets quite the love that Brooklyn does.

Brooklyn is chock-full of hip-hop history. Whether you want to see where your favorite star grew up, or check out a place they rap about, put on your Beats headphones (I know, I know, Dre’s from Compton) and hit the streets.

brooklyn-rap-map-graphic-fuse-tvFuse TV’s hip hop map of Brooklyn | Ronnie Fritz via Fuse TV

Here are a few highlights, and what to listen to while you’re there.

 560-state-street-brooklyn-jay-zJay-Z with tenant of 560 State Street | Dimas Sanfiorenzo via Global Grind


Where: 560 State Street, Boerum Hill
What: Mentioned in “Empire State of Mind” as Jay-Z’s former stash spot
Listen to: “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z

Where: 76 St. Mark’s Place, Park Slope
What: One-time site of African-American bookstore owned by Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
Listen to: “Definition” by Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)


odb-mural-hip-hop-brooklynODB mural in Bed-Stuy | Matt Green via Flickr


Where: Corner of Franklin and Putnam Avenues, Bed-Stuy
What: Mural depicting Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s welfare card
Listen to: “Brooklyn Zoo” by ODB


do-the-right-thing-bed-stuyDo the Right Thing, Stuyvesant Ave | via otsoNY

Where: Stuyvesant and Lexington Avenues, Bed-Stuy
What: Hip-hop aficionado Spike Lee filmed Do the Right Thing here.
Listen to: “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy

Where: 887 Fulton Avenue, Clinton Hill
What: Country House Diner, where Biggie ordered his “T-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape” in “Big Poppa”
Listen to: “Big Poppa” by Notorious B.I.G.


adam-yauch-park-brooklyn-hip-hop-beastie-boysAdam Yauch Park | anne dunne via Flickr


Where: High Street subway station, DUMBO
What: Where a young Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys did his homework in “Root Down”
Listen to: “Root Down” by Beastie Boys

Where: Brooklyn College Academy, Windsor Terrace
What: The alma mater of Lil’ Kim, Nas, and Foxy Brown
Listen to: “Affirmative Action” by Nas feat. AZ, Cormega, The Firm & Foxy Brown


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