DJ Kool Herc’s Onetime Bronx Block To Be Renamed In The Spirit Of Hip-Hop

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The man many scholars have considered Hip-Hop’s founding father can claim another accolade. DJ Kool Herc (a/k/a Clive Campbell) was born in Jamaica, before relocating to the Bronx, New York in the 1960s. The block of Herc’s Bronx residence in the early 1970s (1520 Sedgwick Avenue) will be renamed “Hip-Hop Boulevard,” according to The Source.


In the report, originated by DNA Info New York, Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson’s office has recognized the landmark as the “birthplace” of Hip-Hop thanks to an August 11, 1973 party thrown by Herc and his sister, Cynthia.

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“I’m thankful that it has evolved to a genre of music that has gained so much attention and popularity,” she said in a statement. “We have a lot of Bronx natives who are trailblazers.” Herc would be among the first DJs to prolong the “break” of a record, by using multiple turntables to extend the effect in the vinyl.

In 2010, the building where Herc lived was threatened with foreclosure. However, residents were able to remain in the rent-controlled landmark.

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