DJ Kool Herc
Clive Campbell (born April 16, 1955) DJ Kool Herc and Kool DJ Herc, Born in Jamaica, Relocated to the Bronx New York. Was the DJ who focused on Break Beats, as opposed to most DJ's of the time that mixed ghetto style disco (dirty disco) Herc focused on a style called the Merry Go Round where he would just drop in on the Funky Drum Breaks and keep bringing in the Breaks of popular as well as obscure drum breaks, thereby remixing and extending the Breaks through out the party.. Herc's tapes circulated all over the Bronx and instantly became a Ghetto Celebrtity, and influenced all the popular DJ's in the Bronx to change there style from Disco to Breaks. Herc also got MC Coke La Rock to rock the mic at his parties, he also Hyped up the BBoys and Bgirls with his Phrases and Shout Outs.
Herc is said to have thrown the first actual Hip Hop Jam in 1973, where he first displayed his new style of playing music.
He is said to have also influence Afrika Bambaataa and would eventually Battle Bambattaa in the Bronx in the later 70's.
In the mid 70's Kool Herc was attacked at one of his parties and stabbed.
Kool Herc later apeared in the Harry Belefante movie "Beat Street" as a DJ in the fictional Burning Spear club.
Herc's system was said to be the best in the Bronx and he used a Macintish AMP and he called his speakers the Herculoids. Rumor in the streets were that the Herculoids were also members of his crew. Back