Update: The Zulu Nation has responded with the recent attention to when Hiphop’s birthday really is. There has been a lot of speculation, including our article here asking the same question. Zulu Nation is also not starting any “beef”. They state in their article that, “Herc is our brother, but when our family strays from us, we must first forgive them for mistakes, but let them know of their wrongdoings, and of course, welcome them back with open arms…”. Word!
There’s a huge debate going on in regards to Hiphop culture turning 40 years old recently, or if it’s 39 years old. According to the flyer below, the first party ever put together by Kool Herc took place on August 11th, 1973 on 1520 Sedgwick Ave in Bronx, New York. Many books and articles that have been written also reference this day as the birth date of the culture. At the time, Hiphop didn’t have a name yet. Graffiti has existed for some time, with Cornbread in Philly and Taki in New York. Bboys came to be at Kool Herc’s parties and he’s been credited with creating the names Bboys and Bgirls. The closest thing to rap back then were the freestyle quotes of Muhammed Ali.
Many others are stating that Hiphop is actually 39 years old. One of them is Afrika Bambaataa himself as you can see in the video below with Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew) that Hiphop was not unified until 1974.
In an article shared by Crazy Legs, one quote that stands out is this:
This quote was released 3 years ago. Celebrating 36 years + 3 years ago… 39 years. In the article you see Kool Herc and Bambaataa together. This article does not quote Kool Herc, we do not have any records that state how Kool Herc feels about Bambaataa stating Hiphop is 39 years old and not 40.
You can read the full article here
Note: The word “Hiphop” was not used to label our culture until 1982/1983. Can it be said that’s when the birth year is? Would Hiphop be born if not for Kool Herc’s parties? Who should get the credit? What should be the year? Our culture, 39 or 40 years old, is still very young and our history can be traced.
Source : Thebboyspot.com