New York hip-hop legends featured on limited-edition MetroCards

August 7, 2023

Photo courtesy of the MTA on Flickr.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has released special-edition MetroCards in celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the music genre born in the Bronx in 1973. The agency on Saturday said 40,000 MetroCards featuring rappers LL Cool J and Pop Smoke are available at subway station vending machines in Queens and Brooklyn, with additional cards featuring local legends Rakim and Cam’ron available later this month.

Created in collaboration with Universal Music Enterprises and Hip Hop At 50 – Honoring 50 Years of Hip Hop: A Legacy of Rhythm, Revolution, and Soul, cards featuring LL Cool J, who grew up in Queens, are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Forest Hills – 71st Avenue train station.

The cards featuring Brooklyn-native Pop Smoke are available at the Canarsie – Rockaway Parkway station, which serves the L, and at the New Lots Avenue station, home to the 3-line.

Starting later this month, 40,000 MetroCards featuring NY hip-hop icons Rakim, who grew up in Wyandanch, Long Island, and Cam’ron, who was born and raised in Harlem, will be available at MetroCard vending machines systemwide.

No other city is celebrating hip-hop’s 50th anniversary like New York City. Born in the Bronx in 1973, hip-hop has become synonymous with the five boroughs over its five-decade history. In honor of the genre which changed music, culture, and fashion forever, the city has tons in store, including massive concerts featuring hip-hop’s biggest names, film screenings, immersive art experiences, special Jay-Z library cards, and more.


More: Transit
Location: Brooklyn, Queens

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