Bronx, NY – DJ 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.
on this day in 1973, Kool Herc threw his "Back To School Jam" giving birth to Hip-Hop at a party in the Bronx. pic.twitter.com/52NRHMgrIQ
— The Sicilian Shooter (Saifullah) (@vinnie_paz) August 11, 2019
Although there’s been some debate over who actually coined the term “Hip Hop,” in a February 2018 interview with RealStreetRadio, 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 explains to RealStreetRadio. “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 DJ 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.
Check out their reactions below.
1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, NY
Where Would A Lot Of Us Be Without HIP HOP???
Salute To Our Pioneers…
Kool Herc, Coke La Rock, Bam, All B-Boys, B-Girls, DJ's, Emcees, Graffiti Writers,
Beat Boxer, Musicians, Purist's…
SALUTE OUR CULTURE @hiphopbornday pic.twitter.com/v3IMnvRItH
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) August 11, 2019
— Freddie Foxxx (@BumpyKnuckles) August 11, 2019
It’s Hip Hop’s Birthday and the tenth anniversary of Slaughterhouse’s debut album. I know we ain’t a group no more but damn it seems like something should be happening on this joyous fuckin occasion no?
— MENACE II SOBRIETY (@CrookedIntriago) August 11, 2019
Happy birthday, hip-hop! What’s your favorite hip-hop moment? pic.twitter.com/iRvFQeImCP
— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) August 11, 2019
Happy birthday Hip-Hop. pic.twitter.com/Dyf7TY2ukg
— Mega Thee Styleian (@MegaRan) August 11, 2019
Salute to DJ Kool Herc 46 years of Hip Hop today 🙌🏽🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/grmP4c3uXU
— SnowGoonS (@Snowgoons) August 11, 2019
Happy birthday Hip Hop! https://t.co/w2bWdGtlhd
— BROLICARM (@DJROBSWIFT) August 11, 2019
Happy birthday hip hop and thank you for changing my life 🙂
— Pell Album Out Now!! (@PELLYEAH) August 11, 2019
Happy Birthday to Hip-Hop! pic.twitter.com/AhqdSpVPct
— DJ Hella Yella 🏁 (@djhellayella) August 11, 2019
— Marco Polo (@marcopolobeats) August 11, 2019
Happy Birthday HIP HOP 🎂 – thank for the livelihood you have provided us all with 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
— GHAZI (@ghazi) August 11, 2019
HIP HOP!!! pic.twitter.com/uir2JmeD0L
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 11, 2019