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Hip hop museum to open in its birthplace in the Bronx

By Alicia Powell

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Hip hop was born in the south section of the New York City borough of the Bronx in the United States in the late 1970s. The dancing, rapping and deejaying elements of hip-hop grew out of the depressed inner-city environment but it has since evolved into a multi-billion dollar part of mainstream global culture.

Not completely true, more like 1973 by DJ Kool Herc on Sedgewick Avenue. Really cool (but was a bit dangerous) to have been around there at the beginning and great to hear about this museum. I could never have imagined that hip-hop would be this massive now. The Bronx has a bad rap (pun intended) in some areas but I am proud of having grown up there during that time. Now we even have tourists going there to see the Joker Stairs. I don't think we had any tourists back then!

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.... and I though hip hop was invented by Kanye West and Kim.

Wow, 50 years next year. The museum will be on my list of place to visit when I go to NY.

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Yeah, I definitely want to see it, but coming from Cali, I would have to say in my heart, West Coast Rap all the way, was never a real big fan of East Coast Rap, for me EC has either good beats or good lyrics, but never really both, WC usually has both, but that’s just my subjective opinion, but still EC Rap had its share of classics Sugerhill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Afrika Bambaataa without a doubt were some of the defining artists that shaped Rap and Hip Hop.

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DJ Kool Herc, the founding father of hip hop.

Not mentioned in the above entertainment article. I wonder if his story growing up in the projects will be there and how he created it from his room.

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Johnny Guitar Watson was rappin in the 50's

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@bass4funk I used to play guitar in Compton 1960's Woodley's Bowling Alley and others

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I’m not dissing the EC, but some of the coolest melodies definitely came from the West.

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