On this day back in 1973, a movement was created that would forever change the landscape of both the music industry and our society. Hip-Hop was born on this day courtesy of a “school jam” held in a rec room by the legendary DJ Kool Herc. With it’s humble yet brash beginnings, the genre would evolve into the most influential of it’s kind.

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Spanning over four decades, Hip-Hop has given us more than just hard baselines and dope lyrics. It has given the world first-hand knowledge of the situations and factors that expedited its rise to power. It’s cultivation included a plethora of MC’s, DJ’s, breakers & graffiti artists who would serve as its curators. In it’s early inception, Hip-Hop was ruled out as a fad that would not last ten years by some of the music industry’s poignant acts.

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith with Run-DMC’s Joseph Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell on March 9, 1986, the day of the recording in New York City. (Danny Sanchez, Washington Post)

The paradigm shift would occur in 1986 when Run-DMC & Aerosmith released Walk This Way, thrusting Hip-Hop into mainstream light. From there the movement made it way to the West coast and once the South got it’s hands on it, the genre evolved into a mainstay that produced several subcategories that would solidify it’s foundation in the music industry.

Hip-Hop shows no signs of slowage as it reaches the age of 50. As correspondents of this movement, TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine acknowledge the soul day of Hip-Hop and will be at the ready to capture and cover it for years to come!

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