The official birthplace of hip-hop is August 11, 1973 in a rec room in 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx, New York. DJ Kool Herc was a disc jockey and emcee at his sister's back to school party. During the party, he extended an instrumental beat to let people breakdance longer and began MC'ing during … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 21 – The Foundation of Hip-Hop
Keeping in line with yesterday's musical theme, today we'll be discussing one of the unsung pioneers of rock and roll. Most people associate the birth of rock and roll with artists like Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley. But much of history leaves out the woman known as "The Godmother of Rock and Roll" … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 8 – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
I got a bit caught up and behind on today's post. But I usually celebrate Dilla Day every year by making a playlist and listening to the genius of Mr. Yancey all day. Today was no exception. James Dewitt Yancey is better known by his stage names: Jay Dee and J Dilla. Dilla was one-third … Continue reading Black History Month: Day 7 – James “J-Dilla” Yancey
Today I'll be honoring James Dewitt Yancey, who was born on this day in 1974. In preparation of that is my soundtrack for today, my own curated Dilla mix. Tune in later for more on an important figure in hip-hop music and Black History, J Dilla.