Today's 'Google Doodle' celebrates the birth of hip-hop

Yolanda Curtis
August 11, 2017

Forty-four years after hip hop was "invented", the Google Doodle interface allows users across the world to try out DJ methods with two interchangeable turntables, a moveable BPM count and a crossfade function.

Kool Herc, an 18-year-old Jamaican-American DJ, was playing a set at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, and made a decision to do something a little different.

THE INQUIRER DOES NOT REPORT on Google Doodles as a rule, but rules are meant to be broken, so today with all the swagger we can muster we are going to celebrate its celebration of hip hop.

Instead of playing the full song on the record, he played only the instrumental parts or "breaks", meaning people could dance longer - and the crowd went wild.


Next came the MC, or the Master of Ceremony, who added the rhymes over the beat to get the party going and flowing.

"Hip-hop was accessible", said Cohen.

When you visit the Google homepage today, you will see an animated video explaining more about the history of hip-hop before being given the chance to try your hand at mixing on a turntable.

The new doodle was designed by Cey Adams, the veteran graffiti artist and founding creative director of Def Jam records. No we won't. You don't have to read this, you can move on and find some lindy hop website for yourself.


Team Google Doodle leader Ryan Germick grew up watching Fab 5 Freddy as host of "Yo!"

There are 10 achievements to unlock within the game - each providing information in a different hip hip legend.

The first example of this, according to Fab 5 Freddy, was at a party in the South Bronx in New York City in 1973.

It was on August 11th 1977 that DJ Kool Herc (of the Burning Spear right), threw a party in the Bronx that would change music as we know it. (Picture: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images) Kendrick Lamar, is a 7 time Grammy Award victor.


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