Kool Herc


As odd as it looked, as wild as it seems
I didn't hear a peep from a place called Queens
It was seventy-six to 1980
The dreads in Brooklyn was crazy

Kool Herc, 'South Bronx'

DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) is widely credited with originating hip hop in the Bronx, New York City in the 1970s. It was his pioneering style of isolating the ‘break’ in hard funk records that led to the ‘breakbeat’ style that would eventually be rapped over to create hip hop. It was his announcements and exhortations to his dancers or ‘b-boys’ that would lead to the rhymed spoken accompaniment known as rap. His DJ style was taken up by other hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. Unlike them, however, Kool Herc was unable to bridge the gap to commercially recorded hip hop.