Google celebrates the birth of hip-hop with new interactive Doodle

Google's latest Doodle puts you in the DJ booth while paying tribute to hip-hop's history

Team Google Doodle includes lifelong fans of hip-hop spanning from California to IN to Louisiana, and its artists and engineers reached east to the legendary graphic artist and designer Cey Adams and the pioneering artist/host Fab 5 Freddy to create the tech titan's dopest and most dazzling work of interactive art yet.

On the Google Doodle webpage, he said: "It all started in the NYC Bronx, more commonly known as the Boogie Down Bronx".

Hip-Hop isn't a music style, but an entire culture. Did you remember how many hip-hop tracks sampled Little Feat?

Remember the Les Paul guitar Google Doodle? On August 11, 1973, when Jamaican-American DJ Kool Herc chose to play only the instrumental sections, or "breaks", of songs when he was playing at a back-to-school jam in the Bronx, New York.

Friday marks 44 years since DJ Kool Herc threw a back-to-school party in the basement of a Sedgwick Avenue apartment building - an event that is largely credited with giving rise to hip-hop. Meanwhile, the artistic work in today's Google Doodle is the work of a graffiti artist named Cey Adams.

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Google is celebrating the birthday with a new animation that features the legendary Fab 5 Freddy narrating the story behind its launch inside 1520 Sedgwick Ave. on August 11, 1973. He also wanted to shed light on some of the historical and cultural aspects of the music that often get ignored in the face of more negative stereotypes. You can choose from a virtual crate full of seminal originating hip-hop artists like Grandmaster Flash and the Lafayette Afro Rock Band.

Google is marking hip-hop's 44th birthday by allowing users to mix their own beats right on the search engine's homepage.

"Hip hop has done exactly what its founders set out to do, whether wittingly or unwittingly", Cohen wrote.

The Google Doodle team recruited YouTube's head of music, Lyor Cohen - who is also the former head of Def Jam records - to share what Hip Hop means to him.

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