Hip hop, a vibrant cultural and artistic movement that began in the streets of New…
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On a hot summer day on August 11, 1973, Kool Herc hosted a party at 1520 Sedgwick that went down in history as the birth of Hip Hop.
Now, 43 years and a day later, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down on Netflix is finally out which chronicles the beginnings of this Bronx-born genre that took the world by storm.
After No Longer Empty’s residency and exhibition at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, ‘When You Cut Into The Preset The Future Leaks Out’, and over 6,000 visitors—over 75% from the area and not counting youth programs who graced the halls of this hallowed landmark—many have asked what now?
Well one possibility is that The Universal Hip Hop Museum—the only and official Hip-Hop museum chartered by the State of New York—may in fact call the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse Home. A fitting tribute given the fact that The Bronx is the birthplace of the global phenomenon that is Hip-Hop.
Growing up in The Bronx in the late 1980’s you couldn’t escape the beats and lyrics of Slick Rick’s hip-hop songs. Everywhere you went someone was either playing it on their boomboxes or you heard his songs of the relatively nascent genre on the airwaves.
orn Henry Lee Jackson in The Bronx in 1957, Big Bank Hank of The Sugarhill Gang has passed away due to complications with cancer. Big Bank Hank is considered to be one of the founders of Hip Hop with The Sugarhill Gang’s hit ‘Rapper’s Delight’ which was released 35 years ago this month.
Anthony Bourdain was intereviewed by WNYC just in time for Sunday’s premier of his Parts Unknown Bronx Episode. He told WNYC that about The Bronx that, “…for no reason at all I know so little about it…I was and still am largely ignorant of this awesome space filled with good stuff.
Listen to his interview as he talks about eating Garifuna delights and watch yet another new sneak peek of Sunday’s episode featuring our official Bronx Borough Historian, Lloyd Ultan:
No matter what anyone says, The Bronx is the birthplace of Hip Hop…heck, even NYC Parks and Recreations knows this! Check out the cool historical video below:
Time Out New York makes the case for The Bronx as the best borough and one of the reasons given is our exclusive story which you heard here first and that was Baron Ambrosia rescuing the poor pussy from the tree!
Check out the other reasons why they think we’re awesome: