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Happy 44th birthday Hip Hop

The world (and Google) acknowledged Hip Hop was born 44 years ago on August 11th.   So the legend goes (from Curbed NY)…


On a hot summer night in the Bronx in 1973, DJ Kool Herc (then known by his given name, Clive Campbell) changed music forever. At his sister’s back-to-school party on August 11—44 years ago today—he introduced what’s since become recognized as hip-hop to an extremely enthusiastic audience. “Once they heard that, there was no turning back,” the pioneer told New York magazine. “They always wanted to hear breaks after breaks after breaks.”

The party happened at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue, a Mitchell-Lama building in Morris Heights that’s still standing. While there isn’t a plaque or other marker that makes the building’s historic significance clear, it was recognized in 2007 by the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as the birthplace of hip-hop. And it’s well known among hip-hop aficionados, many of whom make pilgrimages to the site.


Google is highlighting this moment with a Google Doodle.  Go to to play.


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