New York City is the birthplace of hip-hop, and the five boroughs have delivered some of the world's greatest hip-hop artists. Notorious B.I.G.? Jay Z? Nas? All ours. We know that the city hosts amazing hip-hop fests—annual occurrences like Hot 97 Summer Jam, Afropunk Fest and SummerStage are essential—but how about the rest of the year? Here's our pick of the city's best venues for getting your fix of live hip-hop music, raw and uncut.
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