Grandmaster Flash Called Kool Herc After Google Ode To Hip Hop
At 44 years of age, the debate continues.
Hip Hop turned 44 years old on the 11 of August. In honor of its birthday, Google staged a "doodle" to celebrate the culture with two dishes and a box of classic break-beat records. The 68-second clip essentially credited to DJ Kool Herc for being a pioneer at the break.
In an apparent response to the Google doodle, Grandmaster Flash, who wrote "The Message" with The Five Furious, in 1982, published a video titled "A Letter to Kool Herc To Grandmaster Flash" on the 14th of August, making a public call out Herc.
Let's celebrate the #birthofhiphop – the #GoogleDoodle is launched and ready for you. It is an interactive system of the turntable and a drawer full of legendary breaks, so go to Google and check it out! To see how much time you can extend the drum beat – to PERFECTION – and keep the party going. #Ad >https://goo.gl/MMFac1< Head to Facebook to see a video of yours truly talking about the first few days.
A post shared by Grandmaster Flash (@djflash4eva) on August 12, 2017, 6:59 PDT
The legendary turntablist (real name Joseph Stadler) claims, Herc has not disappeared as a part of the art of DJ history, including the loop — a structure, series or process the end is connected with the beginning of a record.
"I have been asked, 'Describe Kool Herc,' [I say], 'Wonderful'," Flash says. "The first DJ to publicly play slots and breaks ... had the most incredible sound system, and this echo chamber gave him like the voice of God. But there is a technical aspect in this world of DJs. There is possibly where I have doubts. Godfather, I went online to see if there were any performances of his hands making what you do. Since I could not find it, this is what I remember — especially going to see in Cedar Park, west side of the Bronx, Sedgwick. Now is not [the] question: who is the creator of this thing from a layman's perspective of the loop?"
Shortly after, he stakes his claim as the first DJ of the use of the technique.