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1520 Sedgwick Avenue Mix

Evil Presidentes on November 19, 2012 19:41

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    1520 Sedgwick Avenue is a 102-unit high-rise apartment building in the Morris Heights neighbourhood of The Bronx borough of New York City. In 2010, the New York Times reported that it is the “accepted birthplace of hip hop”

    DJ Kool Herc is credited with helping to start hip hop and rap music at a house concert at this address on August 11, 1973. Also known as Clive Campbell, he DJ'd for his sister Cindy's back-to-school party in the recreation center that summer. After spending months perfecting a new technique involving "playing the frantic grooves at the beginning or in the middle of the song" with two turntables, a mixer, and two copies of the same record, Campbell unveiled the technique at his sister's party. After renting the recreation room for US$25, Cindy charged 25 cents for females and 50 cents for males to attend. "I wrote out the invites on index cards, so all Herc had to do was show up. With the party set from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., our mom served snacks and dad picked up the sodas and beer from a local beverage warehouse."

    Sources have noted that while 1520 Sedgwick Avenue was not the actual birthplace of hip hop - the genre developed slowly in several places in the 1970s - it was verified to be the place where one of the pivotal and formative events occurred that spurred hip hop culture forward. During a rally to save the building, DJ Kool Herc said, "1520 Sedgwick is the Bethlehem of Hip-Hop culture."

    This is my hip hop mix, my monthly offering.
    My sac-religious offering to the gods of Soundcloud.


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