In Hip Hop History Today: DJ Kool Herc was born April 16, 1955

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Clive Campbell was born April 16, 1955, also known as Kool Herc, DJ Kool Herc and Kool DJ Herc, is a DJ who is credited with originating hip hop music in the early 1970s in The Bronx, New York City. His playing of hard funk records of the sort typified by James Brown was an alternative both to the violent gang culture of the Bronx and to the nascent popularity of disco in the 1970s. Campbell began to isolate the instrumental portion of the record, which emphasized the drum beat—the “break”—and switch from one break to another. Watch DJ Kool Herc break it down below.

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