If you fancy a bit of procrastination at work today you can try your hand at mixing hip hop tracks on Google’s homepage.
The search engine is marking hip hop’s 44th birthday with an interactive Google Doodle which celebrates the genre’s roots.
It features graffiti graphic and turntables which let you merge samples from classic tracks.
You can get in the mix with Google here.
If you’re wondering how hip hop can have a specific birthday, it’s 44 years since a now legendary house party in the Bronx, New York City, where a pioneering DJ first played the genre-defining breaks in his set.
DJ Kool Herc, then aged 18, span instrumental sections instead of playing full records, while his collaborator, Coke La Rock, MC’d with a microphone.
The party held on August 11, 1973, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx considered to be the night hip hop was born.
Google’s Doodle also has a lesson in old school hip hop’s history narrated by Fab 5 Freddy, a rapper and graffiti writer who is one of the genre’s founding fathers.
Source : Chroniclelive