You Can Become a DJ Master on Google Today

Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 44th anniversary of hip-hop and Kool Herc's instrumental break.

By Shawn Cooke Aug 11, 2017
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via Google

Today, Google is celebrating the 44th anniversary of Kool Herc extending the instrumental breaks during a party in the Bronx—a moment which most consider to be the birth of hip-hop. They've turned the Google Doodle into an interactive turntable, where you can peruse a crate of 35 records, scratch them, and mess around with the crossfader and BPM sliders to make some weird shit. (Might I recommend polka samples over "The Message?")

When you first click on the link, Fab 5 Freddy gives you a quick crash course on Herc's first break, how it gave way to breakdancing, and, eventually, MCs rapping over the beats. After the animated video, he walks you through how to operate the setup. Some of hip-hop's most important early samples are in the crate, including records from The Isley Brothers, George Clinton, Billy Squier, Grandmaster Flash, Prince Paul, and more.

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via Google

You can check out an interview here with three Googlers (I guess that's what they call their employees) who came up with the idea, Fab 5 Freddy, and Cey Adams—Def Jam's founding creative director who also designed the video's artwork. It's one of the coolest Google Doodles in recent memory, and I'd totally spend another three hours playing around if there wasn't another blog post to write.