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Yo yo yo! In todays’ TBT once again from Back to Basics series I will throw at you Block Parties! It’s gonna be about first legendary hip hop party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in Bronx, organised by Dj Kool Herc. We, as Hip Hop Says show our affiliation to hip hop lifestyle and wide culture of hip hop so this Saturday we invite y’all to “Hip Hop Say: Warm Up Jam” where you will experience all elements of hip hop. You will find details of the Jam party here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/614186425385002/

 

All girls and boys, be part of it, like we are, we sincerely invite you, You, You and YOU TOO! And now, I’d like to return to the cla… cla.. classics! Yo back to basics!

 

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1520 Sedgwick Avenue is officially known as the birthplace of Hip hop. On the 11th of August 1973, Dj Kool Herc organised a block party for his sister Cindy in community centreby their block. He prepared himself for months, trying out sounds, techniques to debut and introduce “break” what later on became a foundation of sound for hip hop. Of course classically using two decks, mixer and soundsystem. Soundsystem was a familiar thing for Kool, as he came from Jamaica where for many years soundsystem culture had a massive impact on music industry, but more importantly on party scene. Really good soundsystem, guaranteed good response and quality of music played. Rental of community centre in their block cost them $25, and price for a ticket was 25 cents for girls, and 50 cents for boys. Party start at 9pm and ended at 4am. A friend of Kool presented “an innovation” called rapping. There was food prepared by his mom and her friends and some beer served. Sounds like just as a normal house party…. With one difference, some guests who later on claimed to be there were: Grandmaster Caz, Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee, Afrika Bambaataa, Sheri Sher, Mean Gene, Red Alert and KRS One.

 

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After this night Dj Kool Herc was known and popular throughout the whole of Bronx and started to organise more parties. More legends and crews joined in organising jams, sessions, parties on the streets. People were breaking, music was created, and the Dj was the pillar of the whole event, because he was the one that dictated the vibe. Grandmaster Flash in an interview for MTV “Rap-umentary” said: We’ve had territories. It was like, Kool Herc had the west side. Bam had Bronx River, Dj Breakout had way uptown past Gun Hill. Myself, my area was like 138th Street, Cypress Avenue, up to Gun Hill, so that we all had our own territories and we all had to respect each other”. Very quickly shooting and drive-bys were replaced with break Mc and Dj battles to resolve conflicts for a while. Division was clear, competition was on, but values were respected and ideally hip hop was meant to bring people together and respect each other.

 

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Beginnings are always simple, often difficult, but not much is needed, whatever you doing with your life, but if you are at it, you can achieve anything. KRS One and his crew used to open up street lamps to connect their equipment on the streets to electricity to drop a party, to have fun, to rap and live hip hop. Let’s live like them, because that’s authentic and beautiful! Big Up to you if you are reading at this point, and see you at Hip hop Says Warm Up Jam!

Big Up MC Wabi!

 

 

 

 

 

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Emano, w dzisiejszym kolejnym juz TBT z serii Back to Basics, podejme temat Block Parties- czyli pierwszych imprez hip hopowych na ulicy 1520 Sedgwick Avenue na Bronxie zapoczatkowanych przez Dj Kool Herc’a. My jako Hip Hop Says utozsamiamy sie z hip hopowym stylem zycia I cala szeroko pojeta kultura, wiec juz w ta sobote zapraszamy Was na “Hip Hop Says: Warm Up Jam” na ktorym doswiadczycie wszystkich elementow hip hopowej zajawki. Szczegoly imprezy sprawdz tutaj: https://www.facebook.com/events/614186425385002/

Moi drodzy boys and girls badzcie czescia tego wszystkiego, tak jak my wszyscy, serdecznie zapraszamy, Ciebie, Ciebie aaa I Ciebie Tez! . A teraz sprawdz jak to bylo kiedys… back to basics!

 

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“1520 Sedgwick Avenue” jest oficjalnie znane jako miejsce narodzin hip hopu. 11 Sierpnia 1973, Dj Kool Herc zorganizowal impreze dla swojej siostry Cindy w pomieszczeniu socjalnym bloku przy 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. Sam przygotowywal sie miesiacami wybierajac najciekawsze dzwieki, ktore zagra na debiutujacej imprezie oraz cwinieczem breaku- fundamentu hip hopowego dzwieku w pozniejszych latach. Oczywiscie klasycznie z dwoch deckow i z soundsystemem. Mysle, ze element soundsystemu byl zakorzeniony w Dj Kool Herc’u, urodzonemu na Jamajce gdzie kultura soundsytemowa od zawsze miala wplyw na muzyke ale przede wszystkim na impreze.

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Dobry soundsystem, gwarantowal dobry odbior. Wynajem sali kosztowal 25 dolarow, a cena biletu to 25 centow dla dziewczyn, I 50 centow dla chlopakow. Impreza trwala od 9pm- 4am. Kumpel Dj Kool Herc’a zaprezentowal “wymysl” zwany rapowaniem. Przygotowane zostalo jedzienie, serwowano piwo. Niby normalna domowka… Z jedna roznica- ludzie ktorzy potem potwierdzili ze byli na tej to imprezie to np. Grandmaster Caz, Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee, Afrika Bambaataa, Sheri Sher, Mean Gene, Red Alert oraz KRS One.

 

bronxPo tej nocy Dj Kool Herc byl znany na calym Bronxie I organizowal kolejne imprezy. Kolejne legendy dolaczaly i organizowaly block parties na ktorych tanczono breaka, tworzono muzyke I to Dj byl filarem calego przedsiewziecia, bo to on dyktowal vibe. Grandmaster Flash w wywiadzie dla MTV “Rap-umentary” opowiadal: “Mielismy terytorium. Bylo tak, Kool Herc mial zachodnia strone, Bam mial Bronx River, Dj Breakout mial Gun Hill, moja dzialka bylo 138 Street, Cypress Avenue, wiec mielismy wlasne terytoria I musielismy sie nawzajem szanowac!” Bardzo szybko strzelaniny i ”drive-bys” zmienono na bitwy breakdancerow, mc’s, dj’s aby rozwiazac konflikty na jakis czas. Podzialy byly widoczne, rywalizacja trwala, ale wartosci I zasady byly szanowane I w swietle tego wszystkiego hip hop z zalozenia mial zjednoczyc ludzi, stal sie pretekstem do spotkania I byl oparty na wzajemnym szacunku.

 

Poczatki zawsze sa proste, czesto trudne- nie potrzeba duzo- cokolwiek robisz, ale jezeli dazysz do czegos to to osiagniesz. KRS One z ekipa otwierali uliczne elektryczne lampy by do nich podpiac decki I sprzet, by sie bawic, by sie uczyc, by zyc hip hopem! Zyjmy tym tak jak oni bo to jest piekne I autentyczne!

Big Up MC Wabi I do zobaczenia na Hip Hop Says Warm up Jam!

 

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