Hip Hop Turns 40 years old !! (8/11/1973- 8/11/2014 )
On August 11,1973, 6 years before it even attained the very name it’s recognized by today, Hip Hop was born! In it’s humble beginnings, Hip Hop started out as a pass time hobby for a young NYC DJ, Clive Campbell aka DJ Kool Herc. Clive was born to Keith and Nettie Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica. Keith, a band member, often exposed a young Clive to their native music “Reggae”. At the age of 12 Clive’s family moved to the Bronx, New York in November of 1967. Upon arriving to the already impoverished neighborhood, Clive waisted no time merging with street gang culture that was prevalent at that time due to social injustices,poverty and lack of local resources. [cpxadvert placement=”32″] “, a short, heavily percussive section of the song minus the vocals. Since this part of the record was the one the dancers would prefer, Herc isolated, changed to the other, and later, prolonged it. As one record reached the end of the break, he cued the other record back to the beginning of the break, thereby extending a relatively small part of a record into a five-minute loop, allowing the MC (Master of Ceremonies) ample amount of time to encourage the partygoers to dance and chant in unison over popular records rarely heard anywhere else in their community. Fast forward to that faithful day (August 11,1973 ) when DJ Kool Herc would be responsible for fathering a culture that would arguably become one of the fastest and most influential growing cultures in American history. The location of that birthplace was non other than 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, (community room) and the occasion was his younger sister’s (Cindy) birthday. Already known for throwing some of the neighborhoods best parties, the Founding Father of Hip Hop would perform his renowned routine in front of his biggest crowd yet that Saturday night. Before long, word about DJ Kool Herc began to spread to near by neighborhoods in the Bronx as well as the other four Boroughs on NYC, heralding the beginning of a culture that belonged to those who had no voice or place in the drastically impoverished and racially segregated city. What was to become “Hip Hop” would later serve as an outlet for those who struggled with social inequality. DJ Kool Herc would eventually expand his brand to become “The Herculoids” which included Coke (Scott) La Rock, DJ Clark Kent and the “Nigga Twins”. In 2007, New York state officials declared 1520 Sedgwick Avenue the “birthplace of hip-hop”, and nominated it to national and state historic registers.The Department of City Housing Preservation and Development ruled against the proposed sale in February 2008. In 2011 DJ Kool Herc fell extremely ill due to kidney stones. Lacking the proper healthcare, he sought help from the same community he once help build, garnishing an outpour of support from rappers and Hip Hop lovers alike. In April 2013, Campbell recovered from surgery and is now doing well. DJ Kool Herc and his family have since then set up an official website on which donations can be offered to Hip Hop’s Patriarch and Founding Father, Clive Campbell.