1. Chung King Studios - New York, NY
Hip-hop royalty from today and yesteryear are all familiar with Chung King Studios. Starting up in 1979 with $2,000 and a passion for music, founder John King spent the following 20 plus years housing the top musical acts of metal, hip-hop, R&B, reggae and soul. Whether you consider it the “House of Metal” or the “Abbey Road of Rap,” there’s no denying Chung King’s rich history and huge clientele list, from the Beastie Boys’ game-changing License To Ill album to Kendrick Lamar’s modern-day rap classic good kid, m.A.A.d city being recorded there.