The Senate has just passed a resolution giving hip hop an entire day of recognition. On July 29, 2021 history was made. On August 11, 2021, national Hip Hop Day will be celebrated. And, this is perfect timing. Hip Hop turns 48 this month. In addition, the month of November will be Hip Hop History Month. Now, that is phenomenal.
The Vote For A National Hip Hop Day Was Unanimous
Senate Resolution 331 gives major props to Hip Hop. And rightfully so. This is such an honor for the Hip Hop community. There has been some debate over the years about where hip-hop originated. But for the most part, many would agree that Clive”DJ Kool Herc” Campbell’s basement party in the Bronx started this great phenomenon. Even History’s website gives credit to DJ Kool Herc. The birthday party was on August 11, 1973, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, in West Bronx, NYC which was given for DJ Kool Herc’s sister. Later, DJ Kool Herc would be deemed the “Father of hip-hop.”
DJ Kool Herc had been spinning records at parties between sets with his father’s band. And legend has it, DJ had been spinning since he was 10 – years old. Quite impressive. DJ Herc began to use two turntables at parties. This two turntable method was introduced so people could do dance moves during the break down of the song. Also, DJ Kool Herc used the two turntables to play the same song at the same time. This legendary move with two turntables was coined “the Merry-Go-Round. However, it was later re-named “break beat.”
Let’s just say, if you really want to hear some great hip-hop music, check out the outdoor music event this month. New York City will hold a week-long event called “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC.” This event will be held in the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. The concerts will be free to attend. the dates are from August 14 to August 22. Check out the line-up, KRS – One, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Big Daddy Kane, Mobb Deep, Papoose, Maino, Too Short, and EMPD.
Of course, there are many hip-hop pioneers who were instrumental in the culture. But I would be remised if I did not mention the first hip hop song “Rapper’s Delight.” This was a party favorite by the Sugarhill Gang in 1979. Incidentally, Rapper’s Delight” was also a song sampled from the hit group Chic’s “Good Time.”
Unfortunately, for time sake I can’t give props to everyone who made hip-hop such a success. With that being said, this is great news.
By unanimous consent, the Senate passed S.Res.331 (A resolution designating August 11, 2021, as ‘‘Hip Hop Celebration Day’’, designating August 2021 as ‘‘Hip Hop Recognition Month’’, and designating November 2021 as ‘‘Hip Hop History Month’’)
— Senate Periodicals (@SenatePPG) July 30, 2021
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