Kurtis Blow: MCs Build Communities, The Rappers Tear Them Down
#DXCLUSIVE: Grand Wizard Theodore also chimes in on the state of Hip Hop in the genre's 44th birthday.
Bronx, NY – An army of Hip-Hop's architects and pioneers are gathering in the Bronx, on Saturday (August 12) for the fourth edition of the Bronx Church Day, a celebration of those who have died and who continue to elevate the culture.
Organized by the Hip Hop ambassadors Kool Kyle and Van of the Silk road, the event features special guests such as DJ Kool Red Alert, The Original Clark Kent, Debbie Deb, GrandMixer DXT, Kurtis Blow, and DJ Kay Slay.
Also recognize the Hip Hop Boulevard 5, a group that was instrumental in the name change of 1520 Sedgwick — the birth place of Hip Hop — Hip Hop Blvd. It is a community event to commemorate the contributions so many have made to the culture.
Kurtis Blow will serve as the keynote speaker.
"We will honor them along with Kool Herc and his sister Cindy Campbell," the Coup tells HipHopDX. "We're also going to honor the families and our fallen soldiers who paved the way, who are legends in their own right."
Grand Wizard Theodore, who was also on the call and who will also be at the event, sees it as an opportunity to convey the knowledge to the ancestors of Hip Hop have learned over the past 44 years, since Hip-Hop was officially born on August 11, 1973, the day DJ Kool Herc invented the "break" in a back-to-school jam. It is a part of the story that changed the course of music forever, and led to Hip Hop becoming the biggest genre in the united states.
As Lil Yachty, who once was unable to name a 2Pac or Biggie song, there is a perception of disconnection between the younger generation and Hip-Hop foundation.
"I feel like it's education," Theodore tells DX. "Education is very important. We as pioneers have to make sure that we documented everything, so when it's presented to the world, everything is true, and people are not trying to rewrite history. We have to make sure to make history. Everyone has to get a lesson of history that Afrika Bambaataa is ... Cold Crush Brothers, D