Today's Google Doodle Honors Hip-Hop's Anniversary By Letting You DJ

A screenshot of Google's logo in honor of the birth of Hip Hop

"Hip-hop was accessible. A kid with little means and hard work could transform their turntable into a powerful instrument of expression", Cohen writes as part of a lengthy discussion on hip-hop.

In the years since DJ Kool Herc's first party, hip-hop culture has become a major force across music, dance, art, fashion and a whole lot more. The event's DJ, Kool Herc, drove the crowd insane by playing a different style of beats, one that focused on a song's breaks (the instrumental sections). "And with that, Hip Hop was born", says Google. But knowing its origins and history would expand your appreciation for not only today's hip-hop but music in general.

Remember the Les Paul guitar Google Doodle?

Changes are made to the Google logo to commemorate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists. It was there that DJ Kool Herc invented the "break" (by isolating the percussive portion of a beat).

Google is celebrating the birthday with a new animation that features the legendary Fab 5 Freddy narrating the story behind its launch inside 1520 Sedgwick Ave. on August 11, 1973.

The doodle, which was created by graffiti artist Cey Adams, illustrates a hand scratching on a pair of turntables.

The Doodle is a total nostalgia trip, with a record crate section in which you can sift through all of your favorite samples, and discover the backbones to some of your favorite classic tracks.

In addition to the contributions of such foundational hip-hop figures as Adams and Fab 5 Freddy, the project includes an essay from Lyor Cohen, the former Def Jam Records head and current global head of music at YouTube.

"Hip Hop was disruptive". What makes the scribble even funnier, however, is that it also doubles as a groovy interactive deejaying game where the player can mix records just as they play perfectly in sync on two decks.

That was the birth of hip hop - 44 years ago today in 1983.

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