Spin Hip-Hop History With Google Doodle
Google doodles are often a thing of wonder, and today's doodle is no exception. What's the occasion? The birth of hip-hop itself.
— FAB 5 FREDDY (@FABNEWYORK) August 11, 2017
Hip-hop was born Aug. 11, 1973, when DJ Kool Herc first used two turntables at a back-to-school party to extend the instrumental break in songs to keep the dancing happening. From here, the MC was added and an entire genre was born — one that now reigns as the most popular genre in music.
When you click on the Google doodle, you'll be greeted by Fab 5 Freddy — of "Yo! MTV Raps" hosting fame — who walks you through the history of hip-hop. From there, users enter the tutorial to learn how to spin their own tracks.
Once you get the hang of it, you can pick from records from the likes of Timmy Thomas, the Winstons, Willie Hutch, Sweet G, and Rare Earth, along with a selection of generic beats. As you spin away, switching out records as you go, you hit goal milestones, which each unlock another nugget of hip-hop history.
For example, once you spin three records, you learn that the Sequence were the first all-female hip-hop trio who had a huge hit with "Funk You Up" in the late 1970s. You can work your way through all 10 goals, having a blast mixing your own beats along the way while learning about the early history of hip-hop.
So celebrate the historic birth of hip-hop, and get in on the Google doodle fun while it lasts!