It was 49 years today that Hip-Hop was born!
August 11, 1973, Kool Herc threw his legendary back-to-school basement party, and created the foundation for Hip Hop through "the getdown" he used to keep the party rocking, which emcees called ‘the break’. In turn they would freestyle over the sound and sparked the movement that is now; Hip Hop.
NYC, was on the brink of bankruptcy, crime was at an all-time high and the culture of Hip Hop thrived throughout the city for a decade before Rapper Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang blew up into the mainstream.
Today we salute Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The Funky Four Plus 1, Cold Crush Brothers and all those who were there at the foundation.
We pledge allegiance to the Hip Hop!
August 11 is “Hip Hop Celebration Day!”
The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 331, designating the date hip hop was born at the DJ Kool Herc-hosted back-to-school party in the Bronx as a national holiday!
August is now “Hip Hop Recognition Month” and November is “Hip Hop History Month.”
Hip Hop turns 48 this year and Congress celebrated with a bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and co-sponsored by California Senator Alex Padilla and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy.
The text within the resolution of the bill via Congress.gov states, the Senate “recognizes the contributions of hip hop to art and culture.”
The Senate encourages Senators to “plan appropriate activities that support the objective of the ‘Back to School Jam’ of Aug. 11, 1973 and encourages local governments in the United States to build partnerships with local hip hop entities and other members of the creative arts and music communities.”
“Whereas, on Aug. 11, 1973, at a Back To School Jam organized by his sister Cindy Campbell and held at the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, Clive DJ Kool Herc Campbell introduced his innovative style of disk jockeying and, together with the master of ceremonies engaging the crowd with rap on the microphone while partygoers known as B-boys and B-girls danced, introduced a new style, later known as Hip Hop, which combined the elements of a disk jockey (commonly known as a DJ), a master of ceremonies (commonly known as an MC), music, art, fashion, and dance,” the bill reads. “Whereas, from its humble beginnings in New York City, the music, lyricism, dance, fashion, and art of Hip Hop has become a culture, now found in communities across the United States, and has long been a worldwide phenomenon; Whereas the art and culture of Hip Hop is an original American creation; Whereas the Hip Hop genre has been reinvented often over the years since 1973, reflecting the State, city, and region of the music, from G-funk and Hyphy on the West Coast, to Bass and Trap in the South, to Drill in the Midwest, to many other sounds from coast to coast and from abroad, including the New School, which continues that trend,” the bill continues. “Whereas hip hop artists and supporters, originally of African heritage, now transcend many different ages, ethnicities, religions, locations, political affiliations, and socioeconomic statuses, which demonstrates the melting-pot quality of Hip Hop art and culture.”
Happy Hip Hop Recognition Month!