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Happy Birthday Clive Campbell a.k.a. Kool DJ Herc!
Born April 16, 1955 (age 58)
From Kingston, Jamaica
Clive Campbell (born April 16, 1955), also known as Kool Herc, DJ Kool Herc and Kool DJ Herc, is a Jamaican-born American DJ who is credited with originating hip hop music in the early 1970s in The Bronx, New York City. His playing of hard funk records of the sort typified by James Brown was an alternative both to the violent gang culture of the Bronx and to the nascent popularity of disco in the 1970s. Campbell began to isolate the instrumental portion of the record, which emphasized the drum beat—the “break”—and switch from one break to another to yet another.
Using the same two turntable set-up of disco DJs, Campbell used two copies of the same record to elongate the break. This breakbeat DJing, using hard funk, rock, and records with Latin percussion, formed the basis of hip hop music. Campbell’s announcements and exhortations to dancers helped lead to the syncopated, rhymed spoken accompaniment now known as rapping. He called his dancers “break-boys” and “break-girls”, or simply b-boys and b-girls. Campbell’s DJ style was quickly taken up by figures such as Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. Unlike them, he never made the move into commercially recorded hip hop in its earliest years.
PEACE TO THE ORIGINATOR
MERRY GO ROUND
Brooklyn Zoo - Ol’ Dirty
He was a poet and backup dancer for Digital Underground.
All black everything. #Wutang black leather strapback. Part of this spring’s leather #strapback series. #wutangbrand #rocksmith in stores soon. #veryrare (at Rocksmith Flagship Store)
My Southern Entertainment Awards experience.
Yelawolf - Gangsta Of Love (ft. CyHi Da Prynce)
This beat is groovy as fuck. I absolutely love it. Not to mention Yelawolf rides it with such a hardass flow, you immediately get the implication “none can fuck with this shit”. Definitely one of my favorite songs by him. I was kind of disappointed by his first album Radioactive (it was a little more poppy than it should’ve been), but I know he’ll eventually put something together that matches his skill level. He’s a talented dude, just not as consistent as he could be. This song was actually supposed to be the first single for Radioactive, but for some reason he dropped it from the album.
My Song Rating: 9.2 out of 10
THIS! Wish people would stop sleeping on folks.
i almost fell outta my chair when i heard this cover! Mos Def’s “The Panties” by Mara Hruby. #music
This album introduces a new twenty-two year old artist named Mara Hruby from Oakland, CA. She arrived on the scene at the start of 2010, playing shows throughout the Bay Area, and is releasing her debut EP, From Her Eyes. Mara has worked on this album for the past nine months; she has applied her multi-talented dedication to recording, arranging, and engineering her own work. She has performed on stage, dancing and backing other artists in the Bay Area; unconsciously preparing herself for this path. She has chosen to speak through music in order to connect with those of us who love music.
These seven tracks represent the genesis of the view “From Mara’s Eyes” of the various works of her favorite male artists. Each song is connected to a memory experience in Mara’s young life. The beauty and elegance of Van Hunt’s “Character,” Bob Marley’s love of Jah, Mos Def’s soulful poetry, André “3000” Benjamin’s “Take Off Your Cool,” as well as D’Angelo’s “Send It On” – are all examples of art forms from today’s exceptional musicians.
“How can Hip-Hop be dead when Wu-Tang is Forever?”