Google Doodle celebrates hip hop: How to play the DJ game

Why Nov. 12? Bambataa explained it simply: that was "when we made a decision to call this whole culture hip-hop". Friday's "Google Doodle" provides one of those occasions.

While it's often hard to pinpoint the exact date of the emergence of musical genres, the birth of hip-hop is widely attributed to a famous party that went down in the Bronx.

The game is hosted by the legendary Fab 5 Freddy, who's gives you not only a tutorial on how to you use the tables but walks you through a brief hip-hop lesson.

Google's homepage today features a Doodle that celebrates and appreciates the history of hip hop.

According to the video, in 1973 at a party in the Bronx, DJ Kool Herc first used two turntables to extend the instrumental music break that allowed people to dance a little longer, which is where break dancing originated.

The Doodle is a total nostalgia trip, with a record crate section in which you can sift through all of your favorite samples, and discover the backbones to some of your favorite classic tracks. "And with that, Hip Hop was born", says Google.

Google's latest Doodle puts you in the DJ booth while paying tribute to hip-hop's history

The lucky player can even scratch the records with the help of his computer mouse or, if using a cellphone, with his finger on the screen.

But Google's Perla Campos said in a blog post that this Doodle is like nothing they've ever done before because of the "technical challenges and the many voices and collaborators we wanted to include".

Hip hop culture has spread from urban areas to suburban ares in the United States and across the world.

Below is the original Google Doodle sketch and the actual building where that first iconic party was held.

Lyor Cohen, the former head of Def Jam Records and current Global Head of Music for You Tube, tells Google, "It should be noted that early hip hop stood against the violence and drug culture that pervaded the time". Canadian broadcaster and rapper Shad takes viewers on a journey from the music's origins in NY, through the creation of the four elements of hip-hop, and all the way up to Dr. Dre's "The Chronic".

Vanessa Coleman

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