Let’s Bust a Move! It’s the 44th Anniversary of the Birth of Hip Hop

One dance party led to a whole new way of moving and grooving.

44 years ago on August 11, 1973, music, dancing, and fashion changed when a DJ named Kool Herc changed up his set during a back-to-school jam. Using two turntables, he played longer instrumental breaks so that people would have more time to dance while a friend encouraged the crowd to dance and have fun over a microphone. At that moment, hip hop was born, and it would lead to new forms of dance, ways of dressing, and of course, a whole musical genre!


Hip hop grew in popularity because both the music and dance scenes it created were accessible to everyone. With just a turntable and a few records to person could create an infinite number of unique tracks. To dance, all you need is a beat and some passion. After it was created in the Bronx, New York, hip hop quickly began spread as people grew tired of disco. Hip hop was new and innovative, and the dance moves were way cooler. 

Now, hip hop is a popular genre of dance, gives us great music to dance to, and a dance-ready fashion sense. What more could we ask for? 

How are you celebrating hip hop's birthday?

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