Hip Hop’s 46th Birthday

By KYLE EUSTICE

BRONX, NY – D.j. Kool Herc, changed the course of music forever on August 11, 1973 when he threw a Back To School Jam at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx.

At the time, admission to the event cost ¢.25 for the ladies and ¢.50 for the fellas, but little did they know what they were witnessing was the birth of Hip Hop.

Although there’s been some debate over who actually coined the term “Hip Hop,”  legendary New York promoter Van Silk credited Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5’s Keith Cowboy for naming it and the late Lovebug Starski for making it popular.

“The term Hip Hop was coined by Keith Cowboy from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 and Lovebug Starski popularized it,” Silk explained“Now, both of our brothers are gone and can’t dispute it. But I guess they discussing it now together. I’ve just seen many articles written by what I call fake industry news giving Lovebug credit for the term. I want to tell the truth to those who were not there.”

On Hip Hop’s 46th birthday, a slew of Hip Hop artists have taken to social media to show their appreciation for the genre.

Kool D.j. Red Alert,  who was instrumental in blasting Hip Hop to the masses through his WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM radio show, Bahamadia, DJ Premier, Snoop Dogg and Run-DMC’s Rev Run are just a few of those celebrating the monumental day.

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