Founding Fathers of Hip-Hop

Early hip-hop music saw its roots in the 1970s in the New York City borough of the Bronx. It started as a collaboration among intersecting groups of Black, Latin, and Caribbean American youth at block parties—community gatherings that featured DJs playing soul and funk music. NYC DJs like DJ Kool Herc, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa began to experiment with different techniques during parties, including longer percussive breaks (called “breakbeats’’ or simply “the breaks”), turntable techniques, scratching, freestyle, and improvised vocals. They’re often credited as the Founding Fathers Hip-Hop. Hip hop is a subculture and an art movement that emerged from the Bronx in New York City during the early 1970s. Its development reflected the negative effects of post-industrial decline, political discourse, and a rapidly changing economy. Owner of The Founding Fathers of Hip Hop - Don Taylor

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