Was DJ Kool Herc the first to implement his style of DJ’ing?
I’m writing an essay and I need to know whether or not DJ Kool Herc was actually the first person to manipulate break beats the way he did. Also, how did what he did lead to Hip-Hop getting so popular?
well there could’ve been people before him to do similar things but yes. he is regarded as the first person to manipulate the break beat and what he did lead to hip hop being popular because it meant that some of the other elements of hip hop could revolve around it. for example, an MC could rap over a break beat and a dancer could dance over the break, hence the phrase breakdancer. it lead to hip hop being popular in the bronx because it meant many people could participate in the hip hop culture and many people could be influenced by herc. people like afrika bambataa and grandmaster flash, who were influenced by herc, engaged in the hip hop culture and eventually even broke it into the music business and made it mainstream. this helped to populate hip hop culture and moreover rap music.