28 Days of Black History Month: DJ Kool Herc

28 Days of Black History Month (February 19th)

DJ Kool Herc

DJ Kool Herc


Yes Yes Yall and you don’t stop!. Classic Hip-Hop phrasing shouted out by most DJ’s/Emcees of the early era of Hip-Hop. If you’re like me you grew up on Hip-Hop and have love affair with it. Hip Hop was the eventual offspring to the disco era (Music) which preceeded the Civil Rights (Culturally) era. We have one man to thank, Clive Campbell AKA DJ Kool Herc (born 16 April 1955). Dj Kool Herc was actually born on the island of Jamaica but his family moved to the Bronx when he was about 12 years old. Kool Herc then known mostly as Hercules started to throw parties in his neighborhood primary in the community room in his building, 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx, NY. Which is now known to be the birthplace of the Hip Hop Culture. Many people consider the actual birth of the culture to be 1972/73 when he first started throwing parties.

Herc started it all with the purchase of a James Brown record  “Sex Machine”. Herc would take the funkiest parts of the song and let them play the break portion while he ignited the crowd with Hip-Hop Vernacular such as the classic “Yes Yes Yall!“. He was the Emcee before the Emcee role existed. Herc was the inventor of blending music which he used 2 turntables to help elongate the break portion of the song. This Technique (no pun intented) was also used to to set up the next song for play he call this style the “Merry Go Round”. It goes without saying that DJ Kool Herc was before his time and because of that we were all beneficiaries of his innovation of Hip-Hop along with his sister (Cindy Campbell) who was the driving force behind many of the parties.

DJ Kool Herc is a living breathing legend, should you ever meet him thank him. There are many people who owe a great deal of respect to him. His innovation changed the world, Mended fences, brought cultures together.This man should be honored and referenced almost any and every time you mention Hip-Hop.

Editor’s Note:

Hip Hop & it’s very existence was the brainchild of DJ Kool Herc. As far as i’m concerned he should be the 1st inductee in the Hip Hop Hall of Fame. #Thankyou.



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