By Oliver Gettell, essence.com
Forty-four years ago, hip-hop as we know it was born at a party in the Bronx when DJ Kool Herc used two turntables to isolate and extend the breakbeat of a song, inspiring people to cut loose on the dance floor.
In honor of that landmark get-together at 1520 Sedgwick Ave., Google is marking the anniversary with an in-depth interactive Google Doodle. Running globally for the next 40 hours, the doodle features an intro and a turntable tutorial both narrated by Fab 5 Freddy (the former host of Yo! MTV Raps), a pair of interactive turntables with a virtual record crate full of iconic samples, and unlockable achievements highlighting hip-hop’s early pioneers.