DJ Kool Herc

The Father of Hip-Hop Culture.

Clive "Kool Herc" Campbell is widely recognized as the father of Hip-Hop Culture. He would be the first DJ to break the norm of going to a club and hearing the DJ play the whole song. Instead he picked multiple records he knew extremely well and this allowed him to masterfully mix and match break beats together. Kool Herc would play and mix records together that people would never have in mind to dance to. This included cuts such as "T plays It Cool" off of Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man". The birthplace of Hip-Hop was brought to life by Kool Herc and his sister Cindy (the mother of Hip-Hop) at the legendary first-ever hip-hop party on August 11th, 1973 at the legendary 1520 Sedgwick Avenue Recreation Room located on the westside of the Bronx, New York. This legendary party also hosted Hip-Hop's very first emcee Coke La Rock that would rap in between the beats at this party.

 

For those who are even more interested in learning more about Kool Herc's contributions to Hip-Hop and his story then check the interview below he did on the Combat Jack Show. 

 

Hip-Hop culture would only grow and evolve since this party over 40 years ago that would lay the foundation for a culture that would change both music and the world forever.

Here, Kool Herc explains the DJ technique he pioneered.

A recorded mix that Kool Herc played live at the Tim Westwood show in the late 90's.