Where and how did hip-hop begin?
The two Bronx kids decided to try something a little different while entertaining guests at their sister’s back-to-school bash. According to NPR, Campbell threw his party inside the 1520 Sedgwick Avenue building in the South Bronx.
Instead of playing the songs in full, the Jamaican-American DJ isolated their instrumentals (or “breaks”), during which he noticed the crowd went wild.
Before this time, emcees typically introduced the DJ, the music and was responsible for hyping up the crowds with jokes and stories.
At Aug. 11, 1973, bash, emcee Coke La Rock grabbed the microphone to do just that during Herc’s innovative instrumental spins, adding words to the beats and with that, as Google wrote, hip-hop was born.