The Hip-Hop era was born on August 11, 1973 at a party held at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York. It is a culture that exploded in a multi-million dollar empire. Hip-hop became an iconic culture that changed the world. Therefore, it was appropriate that the Hip-Hop Museum in Washington, DC incorporated: Coke La Rock (Father of Rap), Grand Wizard Theodore (Inventor of SCRATCH, Fantastic 5, L-Brothers), Grandmaster Caz and MC GLOBE (Soul Sonic Force), with a private induction ceremony hosted by comedian Russell Peters at the birthplace of Hip-Hop.
Historian Jay Quan was pleased to incorporate these four legendary artists into the museum for their invaluable contribution to what became the culture of generations to come. A monumental addition to the ceremony was the display of the original flyers designed by Buddy Esquire, the ‘King of Hip-Hop Flyers’, who passed away in 2014. Johan Kugelberg, who was Buddy’s friend and biographer, donated the collection to the museum hoping to keep its legacy alive. “Hip-hop has now become the largest financial and cultural export America has ever produced. The importance of this donation and the enormity of this induction ceremony, which allows us to honor the icons and give them their flowers, is deeply significant for reasons of preservation and cultural legacy ”. Founding State of the Museum, Jeremy Beaver.
The museum publicist is proud, “Hip-hop is an artistic and cultural movement created by African Americans, Latin Americans, and Caribbeans in the Bronx. Its evolution was shaped by many different artists, but it can be argued that it came to life precisely on August 11, 1973, at a birthday party in the recreation room of an apartment building in the Bronx, New York. This historic party was the brother of the birthday girl, Clive Campbell, better known in history as DJ Kool Herc, founding father of hip-hop, and Coke La Rock, founding father of rap. Born and raised to age 10 in Kingston, Jamaica, DJ Kool Herc began playing records at parties and between sets, his father’s band playing while he was a teenager in the Bronx in the early 1970s. Herc often he emulated the style of Jamaican “selectors” (DJs) by having Coke La Rock “toast” (that is, talk) about the records he played. Along with the help of repeating the record’s ‘drum-break’, the two created what is now known as Hip-Hop. ”
Leland Robinson, the head of ownership for Sugar Hill Records was also present at this historic event. He is the son of Sylvia Robinson, co-founder of Sugar Hill Records. The label released the single, “Rapper’s Delight” performed by the Sugar Hill Gang, on September 16, 1979. It rose to the top of the charts and commercialized Hip-Hop by taking it to the world stage.
All of the aforementioned players are an intricate part of Hip-Hop history and the world is indebted to them for their invaluable contribution to the culture.
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