Happy Birthday, Hiphop!

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At an intersection in The Bronx, inner-city kids started a movement that would change the world.. The 1520 Community Center is not only an official Historical Landmark, but as far as the Hip Hop community is concerned, the 1520 Community Center space is also “sacred-ground”. The 1520 Community Center, located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx (New York), has been long revered and known for decades as the official “Birthplace of Hip Hop”.


50 Years

of Hiphop

Hip Hop culture was born on August 11, 1973
at 1520 Sedgwick Ave and Cedar Park

Join us online from August 11th 2023 onward as we honor and celebrate Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary with private showings of a mind-blowing 1520 Community Center “exhibit” explaining the history and significance of the 1520 Community Center and its lasting impact on Hip Hop itself.

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Hip Hop History:

Kool Herc

The "Merry-Go-Round" technique

Check out the story of DJ Kool Herc who introduced The Bronx to the very first use of dual turn tables while playing hard-edged funk music instead of disco. Herc then introduced the “Merry-Go-Round” which involved mixing instrumental breaks, rather than full songs, creating a continuous dance rhythm. 

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