by TV One Staff
August 11, 2017
Photo Credit: Phyllis Leibowitz
Get your Kangols and gold ropes out, August 11th marks 44 years since the birth of Hip Hop!
Google, who is famous for celebrating monumental moments with “doodles,” celebrated the birth of the revolutionary genre with an interactive dj-inspired simulation–0ne that allows you to mix your favorite classic tunes—and even scratch them, just like the classic DJ pioneers.
According to Google, the inspiration for this doodle comes from a particular moment in time:
On August 11, 1973, an 18-year-old, Jamaican-American DJ who went by the name of Kool Herc threw a back-to-school jam at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York. During his set, he decided to do something different. Instead of playing the songs in full, he played only their instrumental sections, or “breaks” – sections where he noticed the crowd went wild. During these “breaks” his friend Coke La Rock hyped up the crowd with a microphone. And with that, Hip Hop was born.
Check out the demo below and when you’re feeling confident, play the game yourself!
TELL US: What is your favorite moment in Hip Hop?