|Happy birthday hip-hop. DJ Kool Herd gave birth to a music empire.|
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Hip-Hop turns 44 years old. The celebration is being hosted Fab 5 Freddy.
"Today we acknowledge and celebrate a cultural revolution that's spanned 44 years and counting. It all started in the NYC Bronx more commonly known as the Boggie Down Bronx." said Lyor Cohn.
On August 11th, 1973, a Bronx teen decided to host a party with a turntable and a handful of vinyl albums. DJ Kool Herc gave birth to a movement that gave young Black men and women an opportunity to sing, write and produce music that we come to known as hip-hop.
Kool Herc, a Jamaican-American music producer, deejay and rapper brought the music to the rooftops and gave the name "Boogie Down Bronx"
The industry is worth billions and it keeps the radios booming.
It keeps the television and internet viewing the latest fashion. The latest dance moves and the latest trends. Hip-hop has pioneered through with innovation and talents that go all the way back to 1970s.
It also launched movies such as Beat Street, Krush Groove, Belly, and House Party.
It gave birth to shows like shows like Empire, Power and Star.
It also sparked a diversity with white, Asian, Latino and international rappers.
Best known hip-hop acts include: Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eminem, Queen Latifah, Dr. Dre, Nas, Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., N.W.A., 50 Cent, Kanye West, Ice-T, LL Cool J, Big Punisher, Outkast, Lil' Wayne, Drake, Lil' Kim, Bone Thugs 'n Harmony, MC Lyte and Nicki Minaj.
They can thank the legends for their success.
Notable acts include: Rakim & Eric B, Kurtis Blow, Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation, D.I.T.C., KRS-One, The Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff, Kid 'n Play, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, EPMD, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, and The Sugar Hill Gang.
MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Biz Markie, and Skeelo brought pop to the genre.
Even the LGBT community has known talent.
Frank Ocean, Young M.A., iLoveMakonnen and Azealia Banks opened the door to mainstream LGBT hip-hop music.
There's hundreds of names and millions of songs out there.
The music isn't going anywhere.
So shout out to hip-hop music. You' helped me through my childhood and into my adulthood. I'll keep the music bumping for years to come.