LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/WPGC) – Born as Clive Campbell, but better known as DJ Kool Herc, the Jamaican-born DJ is considered a pioneer in Hip-Hop.
In 1970’s New York, Herc used funk records and isolated the instrumental portion, focusing on the beat of the drums, known as the “break.”
Using two turn-tables, Herc would create melodies using these breaks, calling the technique the “merry-go-round.” This style took off and created the popular “b-boy” type dancing.
This type of music was picked up by artists like Grandmaster Flash.
Unlike his famous counterparts, Herc never moved into commercially recorded Hip-Hop.
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99.1 WNEW’s Cheryl Simone contributed to this report