Happy birthday hip hop
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BY ALEX MITCHELL
Here’s the message: hip
hop turned 46 on Sunday, August
11 and it’s all thanks to
That fateful day when DJ
Kool Herc decided to loop and
break a few funk tracks during
a back to school party at
1520 Sedgwick Avenue paved
way to a global culture that’s
grown and evolved from the
Tag teaming alongside
Grand Master Flash, Grand
Master Caz, Melle Mel and the
rest of The Furious Five and
many more trailblazers, they
were the ones that made the
1980s into a decade of hip hop
and funk that spread worldwide.
After that regime of the
genre’s founding fathers came
other Bronx greats like Big
Pun, who paved the way for
Puerto Rican rappers to make
their entry into rap during the
The birthplace of hip hop. Schneps Media/ Alex Mitchell
It was also around that
time that we all began to lean
back whenever Fat Joe got on
the mic, too.
Then Jenny from the Block
began to dominate the charts
in the 2000s while Swizz Beatz
was producing some of the
best, bumpin’ beats in all of
Now Cardi B proudly reps
the borough in her own conquest
of the charts top spots
week in and week out alongside
much Bronx bred talent
This week alone, Amadeus,
one of the biggest names in
hip-hop production hit gold
for his record ‘Take A Risk’ on
Chris Brown’s album Indigo.
The Bronx is an all American
hip hop hub that has
started a culture and continues
to infl uence a worldwide
vehicle for music and for social
change on a daily basis.
Here’s to all of you for making
and shaping hip hop and
all of the sacrifi ces that came
Grand Master Flash sitting outside 2730 Dewey Avenue.
Photo courtesy of Grand Master Flash