Back on August 11, 1973, Cindy Campbell threw a party to raise some funds for back to school clothes and enlisted the help of her younger brother, Clive Campbell aka Kool DJ Herc to spin records for the kids of the neighborhood in the Bronx. Herc was trying to keep the kids dancing and came up with an idea to extend the bridge (or break) of the song to extend the instrumental parts of the songs that the kids actually would dance to. In doing so, he stumbled upon a technique that today is known as looping, and also spawned a culture of dance, spoken word (rap) and DJ techniques that have become such an incredible part of pop culture throughout the past 5 decades.
Today, we honor this moment and celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop, including where it all started on Sedgwick and Cedar in the Boogie Down Bronx.
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