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DJ Kool Herc to be Honored at New York City Event

Legendary hip-hop DJ Kool Herc will be honored at a special event in New York City on Tuesday night (May 17).

Celebrated hip-hop artists including Black Thought, Questlove, Big Daddy Kane, Jeru Tha Damaja and DJ Premier will toast the

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DJ Kool Herc Rallies for Health Care Reform

DJ Kool Herc, still suffering from complications that arose from a combination of kidney stones and lack of health insurance, remains in poor condition, but now he's turning his situation into a cause. Highlighting heath care reform as necessary and pointing to his work to preserve 1520 Sedgwick as the "Birthplace of Hip-Hop," Herc says he is on a quest to highlight how many citizens

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Kool Herc: Should Labels and Artists Foot His Medical Bill?

Similar to blues, hip-hop is an industry that has built on its own history while often leaving its true forefathers in the dust as others experience success on their backs. Cite the case of the genre's "Godfather" Kool Herc as an example.

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Roxanne Shante, Kool Herc & More Bowl to Fight Cancer

A group of '80s rap legends have joined forces to fight breast cancer by bowling.

The event, dubbed Hip-Hop Pin Drop, is scheduled to take place in January at New York City's Frames Bowling Lounge, and was organized by U.T.F.O.'s Kangol Kid, Roxanne Sh

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Birthplace of Hip-Hop Saved

Hip-hop's birthplace is still intact. 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx is where Kool Herc -- considered to be the father of hip-hop -- first DJed a birthday party for his sister in their building's community room in 1973. The two would go on to host several back-to-school pa

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Raekwon, GZA and DJ Kool Herc Rock ATP NY

Every year, the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival, or ATP NY, picks a curator for its third and final day's lineup. This year the privilege went to filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. A lover of Wu-Tang Clan, Jarmusch fam

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Happy Birthday, Hip-Hop

Pinpointing the actual birthday of a musical genre can be an inexact science. Did rock n' roll really begin with Elvis' swinging hips or before that in nondescript blues-oriented jam sessions in the South? Where did the blues itself start? One of the reasons hip-hop is unique is that we basically agree on an exact moment of origin.

While it is sometimes contested, August 11 is widely

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Raekwon and Kool Herc Talk ODB

As Raekwon hit up a string of release shows for last year's 'Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2,' he had a special performance at New York City's S.O.B.s venue with iconic hip-hop forefather Kool Herc in tow. After the show, All Hip-Hop and Jump Off TV were backstage

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1520 Sedgwick Ave. Honored by NYC Art Society as Hip-Hop Birthplace

Legendary hip-hop landmark 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, N.Y. has been honored by the city's Municipal Art Society and non-profit organization City Lore for its cultural contribution to New York City. T

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Kool Herc Not the Father of Hip-Hop?

For decades, hip-hop historians have claimed that rap music was born in the Bronx and fathered by Jamaican-born DJ Kool Herc, but a new documentary draws the Bronx story into question.

In 'Founding Fathers,' filmmakers Ronald Lawrenc

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