Mapping hip-hop: 15 places in New York where the movement was shaped

Morissana Armory

The Morissana neighborhood in the Bronx lays claim to a number of hip hop pioneers, including Grandmaster Flash, Fat Joe and Big Pun, but its most Hollywood moment was discovering KRS-One around this time. homeless shelterwhere he lived after leaving home at 16 to take up hip hop, by Scott La Rock, a social worker who also dabbled in DJing.

Jay Z Hideout

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Jay Z’s “hideout” at 560 State Street in Brooklyn, as mentioned in “Empire State of Mind,” is a building where he lived in the mid 90s, and frankly, it’s pretty cool. Like, way better than you would expect for an up-and-coming rapper. It has hardwood floors, giant windows and 10ft. ceilings, or at least he did when his unit for sale in 2014. Admittedly, Brooklyn has changed a bit in the meantime.

Biggie’s Corner

Biggie's Corner


The intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street in Brooklyn was recognized informally as Christopher Wallace Way for many years and officially for a few. It is best known as the territory that a pre-fame Biggie staked out sell drugsbut it’s also where the 17-year-old was filmed rapping in 1989 in a now viral video. This was back when you had to go home, get your video camera out from under a pile of eight tracks and parachute pants in your closet, and come back if you wanted to film something. It is how it’s good.

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