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Kool Herc: A Founding Father of Hip Hop

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Kool Herc: A Founding Father of Hip Hop

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Kool Herc: A Founding Father of Hip Hop

Kool Herc: A Founding Father of Hip Hop

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DJ Kool Herc is the father of the breakbeat, the deejay practice of isolating and repeating "breaks," the most danceable portions of songs; breakbeats make up the foundation of modern hip-hop. Herc has written the introduction to the new book Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation (St.Martins, 2005) by Jeff Chang.

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