All of a sudden, social media began popping.
“Did anybody see the Google touchdown web page?” my associates have been asking in submit after submit after submit.
So I clicked.
And — insert heavenly beat-heavy music right here — there it was. It appears Aug. 11 is the 44th anniversary of the start of hip-hop.
Go to Google’s touchdown web page, and up pops its colourful emblem written in graffiti on a brick wall. The phrases are thumping, begging you to click on “play.” As quickly as you do, up pops a cartoon of the perpetually chatty Fab Five Freddy, an early hip-hop pioneer and the unique host of Yo! MTV Raps, who places us down with the truth that in 1973, at a back-to-school celebration within the Bronx, D.J. Kool Herc prolonged the instrumental beat whereas he spun his document. That method shortly turned generally known as “the break.” Emcees ultimately began rhyming in the course of the break, whereas sweatsuit-clad revelers carried out acrobatics on sheets of cardboard to entertain partygoers. That turned break-dancing.
Here comes one of the best half. After the fast lesson in hip-hop historical past, a crate seems with a number of basic 12-inch singles from again within the day, like “Stay With Me” by Debarge, “Boom, Boom, Boom” by Soul Makossa, and the Isley Brothers’ “Between the Sheets.” And after the tutorial, you’ll be able to mix, scratch, and fade in your personal beats with Fab Five Freddy egging you on. I already knew numerous these songs from dancing to hip-hop for the final 20 one thing years. You know the beats, you recognize the songs, however you don’t know the names.
And I get to be a DJ with out any of the expertise: I’ve already blended “Stay with Me” with Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman,” and Zapp’s “More Bounce to the Ounce.”
I’ve to cease this journey down reminiscence lane now as a result of I’ve to work.
You, nevertheless, ought to give it a attempt.