On this day in history, a DJ named Kool Herc threw a party in the Bronx at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue that would change music forever. In honor of that special event, Google has created an interactive Doodle that teaches a little about the history of the culture and gives users a chance to use digital turntables to play and scratch records like the pros.
The logo on the Google mainpage was created by Cey Adams, the legendary visual artist and founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings. The interactive video is hosted by none other than Fab 5 Freddy, and the interactive turntable game features samples from Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Ohio Players, Willie Hutch, and other early hip hop staples.
"Hip Hop originated as a way for young people to focus on something positive in the midst of the negative forces around them," said Google employee and one of the Doodle creators, Perla Campos. "I want people to feel that same hope and positivity from this Doodle."
Head to Google.com to get the party started and to try out the feature for yourself.