Today’s Google Doodle (that cute image you see every time you try and search for something) is all about celebrating 44 years since the birth of hip hop:
On August 11, 1973, an 18-year-old, Jamaican-American DJ who went by the name of Kool Herc threw a back-to-school jam at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York. During his set, he decided to do something different. Instead of playing the songs in full, he played only their instrumental sections, or “breaks” – sections where he noticed the crowd went wild. During these “breaks” his friend Coke La Rock hyped up the crowd with a microphone. And with that, Hip Hop was born.
To celebrate, Google created a custom logo by famed graffiti artist Cey Adams, that feature interactive turntables on which users can mix samples from legendary tracks, all with the help of Hip Hop icon Fab 5 Freddy, former host of “Yo! MTV Raps.”
So, what are you waiting for? Start mixing!