Hip-Hop Museum of DC Honors Legends at The Birthplace

Jeremy Beaver, the owner of The Hip-Hop Museum of Washington, DC honored Hip-Hop legends in a private ceremony, Sunday, February 28th 2020 hosted by comedian Russell Peters. It was held at the birthplace of Hip-Hop located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York. Beaverfelt the induction ceremony should take place at the birthplace of Hip-Hop. Legendary artists, Coke La Rock(Father of Rapping), Grand Wizzard Theodore(Inventor of the SCRATCH, Fantastic 5, L-Brothers), Grandmaster Caz (Cold Crush Bros. & Wild Style) and MCG.L.O.B.E. (Soulsonic Force) were inducted into the Hip-Hop Museum which streamed on Instagram LIVE (HipHopMuseumDC) and Facebook (The Hip-Hop Museum Pop-Up Experience) for fans to see. Inducted by the reputable historian Jay Quan, these four legends were recognized for their contributions to the culture in the very same room where Hip-Hop was born. “I am honored to be a part of history and I appreciate the museum for recognizing my role in Hip-Hop” states honoree Grand Wizzard Theodore.

Among Hip-Hop’s elite who were in attendance was Leland Robinson, the head of Sugar Hill Records and son of Sylvia Robinson who was the co-founder of Sugar Hill Records. The label released the single, “Rapper’s Delight” performed by the Sugar Hill Gang, on September 16th,1979. It went to the top of the charts and commercialized Hip-Hop elevating it to the world stage. 

The induction ceremony was a small intimate affair but the impact was bigger. This was a major achievement celebrating the culture. The ‘King of Hip-Hop Flyers’,Buddy Esquire, who passed away in 2014 was represented for his contributions through his collection of flyers that were donated by his biographer and friend, enthusiast Johan Kugelberg. Hip-Hop Publicist Lynn Hobson states, “This event was one for the books. We celebrated Hip-Hop which was created on August 11, 1973 in the humble beginnings of a community center on the bottom floor of the apartment building. DJ Kool Herc celebrated his sister’s birthday with Coke La Rock on the microphone ‘toasting’ to get the crowd moving. This ‘one’ event led to an era that would shape a culture. DJ Kool Herc became the founding father of Hip Hop while Coke La Rock became the founding father of rhyming. DJ Kool Herc spun the records at parties while his father’s band played in between sets in the early 70’s.  Coke La Rock added to the performance by “toasting” while DJ Kool Herc spun the records. Together with the help of repeating the record’s ‘drum-break,’ the two created what is now known as Hip-Hop.” 

Visit: HipHopMuseumDC.org for more videos and information on the ceremony and how you can be involved in helping to preserve America’s #1 export.

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