Google celebrates hip hop history with an epic Doodle

Google's latest Doodle puts you in the DJ booth while paying tribute to hip-hop's history

Google's latest Doodle puts you in the DJ booth while paying tribute to hip-hop's history

The dawn of hip-hop can be traced to a fateful Bronx back-to-school party in August 1973, so to celebrate the symbolic 44th birthday Friday, Google has teamed with two superstars to provide an epic global interactive jam. The event's DJ, Kool Herc, drove the crowd insane by playing a different style of beats, one that focused on a song's breaks (the instrumental sections). The mad crowd danced longer as rhymes were added by his friend Coke La Rock.

The new doodle was designed by legendary graffiti artist and founding creative director of Def Jam records Cey Adams. "A kid with little means and hard work could transform their turntable into a powerful instrument of expression (also illustrating hip-hop's technical innovation)". No one wants to work anyways.

Once you click on the doodle, you'll be taken on a brilliant tutorial which ends with the ability to chose records, place them on turntables, and mix them.

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DJ Kool Herc is responsible for creating hip hopWhere did hip hop originate? That break became the foundation of hip hop. And it's well known among hip-hop aficionados, many of whom make pilgrimages to the site.

Below is the original Google Doodle sketch and the actual building where that first iconic party was held. Google even built in an achievement system, unlocking facts about Hip Hop history.

"Can't Stop, Won't Stop (A History of the Hip-Hop Generation)", by Jeff Chang - This 2005 book is one of the most important texts on how hip-hop came to be.

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Towards the end of the interview, Fab gives his sage view on the evolution of hip-hop: "I don't like to think of old school vs. new school, I'm a "now school" person". Hip-hop marches on - it will always reinvent itself.

Hip hop culture has spread from urban areas to suburban ares in the United States and across the world.

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