Hip-hop owes a lot to DJ Kool Herc.

As legend has it, Herc threw the first ever hip-hop party back at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in 1973, hiring the first-floor recreation room of the Bronx apartment block he lived in to spin records for his sister Cindy’s birthday, with his “merry-go-round” style essentially creating the breakbeat and paving the way for hip-hop.

Now it looks like he’s about to receive some recognition from the Bronx City Council: a segment of Sedgwick Ave is set to be co-named ‘Hip-Hop Boulevard’ by the Office of Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson.

Cementing the legacy of one of hip-hop’s early originators, it’s surely one way of honouring the immense contributions the Bronx has given to the rap game over the years. Now just wait for the Selfies to come flooding in.



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