The birth of hip-hop happened 44 years ago at a block party in the Bronx
Hip hop music, also known as Hip-Hop or Rap music, is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.
For the first time, as we celebrate this anniversary, Google Doodle – the world giant search engine made it a point to give some honor on its birthday by allowing the users to turn into a DJ and mix some classic numbers. With interactive turntables on which users can mix samples from legendary tracks, the 44th Anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop Google Doodle is one of the most entertaining and fun doodles made by the company. We might as well call this the world’s most famous block party — the 1973 back-to-school party in the Bronx where DJ Kool Herc began using records on two different turntables to combine and extend the instrumental breaks in the music he was playing. It’s this extension that led to the musical revolution that would become hip-hop.
Vox explains, Google’s honorary doodle takes the form of a fun animated tutorial in which artist and hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy takes you through the basics of how hip-hop began. He explains how Herc’s innovation led to breakdancing — literally dancing through the break — and to improvising vocal lines over the instrumentals, a.k.a. rap. Then he lets you try out the record spins yourself, explaining how you can adjust the crossfader and beats per minute to control the turntables. You can choose from a virtual crate full of seminal originating hip-hop artists like Grandmaster Flash and the Lafayette Afro Rock Band. Mouse over the info for each record and you’ll even learn which tracks were famously sampled by other artists in later songs.
After you’re done with that, you can take the record for a spin. Google will even reward you with a trophy when you execute a perfect record scratch.