Can You Score 100% on Our Hip-hop Quiz?


Hip-hop music has become one of the most popular genres in the world, growing from the street corners in the inner-city to sold-out stadium concerts. Today's hip-hop fans know JAY-Z, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West. But how much do you know about the artists who created hip hop? Artists like Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaata, and Pigmeat Markham? This quiz will test your knowledge and might teach you a few things, as well. For example, an economic downturn in New York City provided the stage for the birth of the hip hop movement. Abandoned buildings and parking lots provided locations for outdoor block parties hosted by hip-hop artists. These events were the groundwork for all that is associated with the hip-hop movement today.

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A back-to-school party started it all

DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell) is considered the father of hip hop. In August 1973, he and his sister hosted a back-to-school jam in their Bronx apartment building. Admission was a quarter for girls, fifty cents for guys. This neighborhood party is now recognized as the birth of the hip-hop movement because it features most of the elements used to this day. DJ Kool Herc is the first to use multiple turntables when playing music and is the first to play two copies of the same song, which allowed him to extend the musical breaks within the song. This extended break was when the most dancing happened and thus started the art of break dancing. DJ Kool Herc would speak in rhyme over the instrumental parts of songs, which developed into a standard practice by MCs worldwide. Herc's friend, Coke La Rock, handled the microphone at Herc's performances and dropped the first rap lyrics, and became the first hip-hop MC.

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