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Who is the Father of Hip-Hop???

DJ Kool Herc

Is the Father of Hip-Hop.

Clive Campbell (AKA .... DJ Kool Herc), born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1955. Relocated to the Bronx, New York when he was 12 years old. Kool Herc attended Alfred E. Smith High School where he spent a lot of time in the weight room. Between his time spent in the weight room and his height, fellow peers began to call him "Hercules". Which eventually spawned the name "D.J. Kool Herc".

 Kool Herc's first D.J. Jam was his sister's birthday party. Herc knew which records would keep the party jumpin' however, he was more interested in the break-section of the song. The break-section being the point in the song where the lyrics would come to a halt and the beat would continue for a short period. Herc wanted to catch the beat moment for a longer period of time. He would purchase two copies of a record and play them on seperate turntables at the same time. Playing the break-section on one turntable and then switching over to the other turntable to extend the beat. (An early form of looping.)
Kool Herc's first professional D.J. job was at the "Twilight Zone" in 1973. Herc also became known as the man with the loudest system in addition to his break beats. During this time other competing D.J.'s began trying to take Herc's crown. One of those D.J.'s was Afrika Bambaataa. As competing D.J.'s tried to take over Herc's crown, he began to soak the labels off of his records so that no one could steal his beats.

"One unforgetable meeting between D.J. Kool Herc & Afrika Bambaataa."

Courtesy of Old School Hip Hop

"Herc was late setting up and Bam continued to play longer than he should have. Once Herc was set up he got on the microphone and said "Bambaataa, Could you please turn your system down?" Bam's crew was pumped and told Bam not to do it. So Herc said louder, "Yo, Bambaataa, turn your system down-down-down." Bam's crew started cursing Herc until Herc put the full weight of his system up and said "Bambaataa-baataa-baataa, TURN YOUR SYSTEM DOWN." And you couldn't even hear Bam's set at all. The Zulu crew tried to turn up the juice but it was of no use. Everybody just looked at them like, "You should've listened to Kool Herc."

Spinning the records was a time consuming thing for Herc. He wouldn't have time to get the crowd going. He needed an M.C./emcee (Master Of Ceremonies). That is when Coke La Rock became the first Hip-Hop M.C. ever.
In 1977 Herc's career took a turn. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Bambaataa's Crew's as well as others placed Herc's career at a disadvantage. They were moving in and making names for themselves.
One night, at his own party, Kool Herc was stabbed three times. Although he survived the assault his career has never been the same. Kool Herc played his last Old School Party in 1984.


Recently it has been brought to my attention that DJ Kool Herc is touring again. To read an interview that Kool Herc took part in click below
Interview with DJ Kool Herc & Deirdre Cartmill (the page containing the interview has been disabled)

 Thank You Kool Herc for building the path and paving the way for Hip-Hop.

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