DJ Kool Herc
Books by DJ Kool Herc
NPR stories about DJ Kool Herc
DJ Kool Herc is known as the father of the DJ breakbeat, part of the foundation of modern hip-hop. He also wrote the introduction to the recent history of hip-hop, Can't Stop Won't Stop. Kool Herc kicks off Fresh Air's Hip-Hop Week. (This interview originally aired March 30, 2005.)
Hip-hop didn't always have a violent reputation. In fact, for many in the African-American community it was a revolution and a redemption. Author Jeff Chang chronicles the history of rap in his book Can't Stop, Won't Stop and how it continues to transform the world of popular music.