Google has made some brilliant high-concept interactive doodles over the years honoring everything and everyone from Pac-Man to Robert Moog to Freddie Mercury, but today's doodle very well might be Google's best yet.
Not only was then 18-year-old DJ Kool Herc responsible for the break, he also began speaking over the break, which gave birth to the MC, or Master of Ceremonies, and the entire concept of rapping over a beat. After watching an introductory video from hip-hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, visitors are free to mix and match break beats from Prince Paul, The Isley Brothers, George Clinton, and more.
The new doodle was designed by Cey Adams, the legendary graffiti artist and founding creative director of Def Jam records. While there isn't a plaque or other marker that makes the building's historic significance clear, it was recognized in 2007 by the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as the birthplace of hip-hop. With an introduction by Kool Herc, this text breaks down in an impressively thorough manner the creation of all four elements of hip-hop and how they combined into one of the most important cultures in American history. As the great KRS-ONE once said, "Rap is something you do, Hip-Hop is something you live". From Sugarhill Gang, to Run D.M.C, A Tribe Called Quest and Beastie Boys, hip-hop has evolved into a big part of our culture. According to Google's Doodle Blog, Herc's friend Coke La Rock, spoke over those sections as a way to further liven up the performance.
Hip hop culture has spread from urban areas to suburban ares in the United States and across the world.
Happy 44th, hip-hop - let the jam long play.
"Hip Hop was disruptive". In that spirit, here's to BILLIONS of people getting a brief reminder that 'Yes, yes y'all!