Today’s Google Doodle Celebrates Hip Hop By Letting You To DJ

Today’s  Google doodle marks the 44th anniversary of the Bronx block party that birthed hip-hop. It was there that DJ Kool Herc invented the “break” (by isolating the percussive portion of a beat). The term also lends itself to breakdancing, a style of dance synonymous with early hip-hop.

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Featuring a custom Google logo graphic by graffiti artist Cey Adams and a crash course in hip-hop history from Fab 5 Freddy, the Doodle allows users to operate two turntables and mix samples from a selection of iconic songs from the era.

The project’s executive consultant at Google was YouTube’s ​global ​head ​of ​music  and former Def Jam president ​Lyor ​Cohen, who had this to say in a blog post Thursday night:

“Hip ​Hop ​has ​done ​exactly ​what ​its ​founders ​set ​out ​to ​do, ​whether ​wittingly ​or ​unwittingly. ​It ​placed ​an accessible ​culture, ​relatable ​to ​any ​marginalized ​group ​in ​the ​world, ​at ​the ​forefront ​of ​music. ​In ​that ​spirit, here’s ​to ​BILLIONS ​of ​people ​getting ​a ​brief ​reminder ​that ​’Yes, ​yes ​y’all! ​And ​it ​WON’T ​stop!’”

Google’s Hip-Hop doodle will remain on the search engine’s home page for 40 hours, after which it will be archived in the company’s doodle gallery.

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