Tag: Kool Herc

  • Hip Hop Did Not Begin the Way You Think It Did

    To hear most people tell it, the history of rap goes like this: MCs were originally rapping primarily to showcase their DJs. That is, until Sugar Hill Gang put out “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979. It was the second rap record of all time and an enormous hit, proving there was a market for rapping on […]


    Located in a transformed former
candy factory under the Bruckner 
Expressway, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective has spent the past few years moving minds and bodies with art and rhymes about the struggles faced by the area’s residents. This weekend, they embark 
on their most ambitious project yet: South by South Bronx, their answer to Austin’s […]


    By now, everyone knows 1520 Sedgwick, the building in the Bronx where a young DJ Kool Herc threw the back-to-school party that is said to have birthed hip-hop. Lesser known is the Devil’s Nest, the long-defunct nightclub a mile and a half east where, 12 years later, Little Louie Vega spun the TKA and Cover […]


    Not tired of hearing how cool the music scene was in the good ol’ crime-infested New York of the ’70s? Then head over to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe where rock journalist Will Hermes is promoting his new book on the subject, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music […]

  • The Slow Redemption of DJ Disco Wiz

    Summer, 1974: New York City is buckling into bankruptcy, the Bronx is burning (already), and 13-year-old Luis Cedeño is taking out his frustrations on the heavy bag at the Webster Police Athletic League on 183rd Street. Over the dull, repetitive thud of his blows, he hears what he’ll later describe as “loud, thumping music” coming […]


    In 2000, Australian artist Ben Frost faked his own death, sending out newspaper funeral notices that doubled as invites to his solo exhibition. Some, of course, saw this in poor taste—but what do they know about art, anyway? His latest show, Plague Landscapes, is his most imaginative work to date, featuring his signature hyper-bubblegum style […]

  • KRS One+DJ Cool Herc

    Santos Party House gets a taste of the original Bronx hip-hop party-starters—including the guy who invented partying itself! As the many guests tonight (NY Oil, the So Fresh Band, Espinoza, Why G, more) will probably tell you repeatedly, we all owe DJ Kool Herc gratitude for inventing the breakbeat, making breakdancers bug out, and kickstarting […]

  • Bee Kind, Rewind

    That grinding sound in your ears is the gears of nostalgia down-shifting into a golden backspin. Forty may be the new 30, but 2007 is not the new and improved 1977, our Twin Towers still intact. This Scared New World has us anxiously coveting the lost continent known as Before. Before the echo of a […]

  • Unstoppable

    Jeff Chang’s detailed chronicle Can’t Stop Won’t Stop served as the occasion for a gathering February 23 at the Bronx Museum of Art—not too far, appropriately, from where rap originated. But Chang stepped back and let those who lived it tell their tales to a local audience of mostly teens, who obviously weren’t around when […]

  • Dreams of a Final Theory

    Physicist Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft’s chief technology officer, once summarized his primary research focus as an inconceivably tiny sliver of time after the Big Bang, when the cosmos was but a mere trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old, and the universe swiftly grew from about 10-33 of a centimeter in diameter—roughly […]