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Friday Marks 44 Years Since Hip-Hop Was Born in The Bronx

By Trevor Kapp | August 11, 2017 2:55pm
 1520 Sedgwick Ave. in the Bronx is generally referred to as the birthplace of hip-hop.
1520 Sedgwick Ave. in the Bronx is generally referred to as the birthplace of hip-hop.
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THE BRONX — Friday marks 44 years since DJ Kool Herc threw a back-to-school party in the basement of a Sedgwick Avenue apartment building — an event that is largely credited with giving rise to hip-hop.

Google is celebrating the birthday with a new animation that features the legendary Fab 5 Freddy narrating the story behind its launch inside 1520 Sedgwick Ave. on Aug. 11, 1973.

The video explains how DJ Kool Herc, whose real name is Clive Campbell, extended the instrumental breaks on a mix of soul and funk records, sending the crowd at the event into a frenzy.

Mayor Bill de Blasio last year signed a bill that named the street “Hip-Hop Boulevard.”