(The Root) — On this date in 1973, DJ Kool Herc threw his first party in the Bronx, N.Y. For the low, low price of $0.50 ($0.25 for the ladies), partygoers could listen and dance to a new sound that would soon take the world by storm: hip-hop.
DJ Kool Herc is recognized as the father of hip-hop, and today is its official birthday. Since that first party at 1520 Sedwick Ave., what began as an expression of culture has become a culture all its own. Hip-hop has left its imprint on everything it has touched in the past 40 years — fashion, activism, dance, education. It’s been a wild ride for the genre most thought was a simple fad, one that will no doubt rage on long into the future.
Hip-hop fans are celebrating its birth online by sharing their favorite songs, quotes and videos and thanking their favorite artists for the impact they’ve made on their lives.
Today is the only girl I’ve ever loved’s birthday, I don’t know what I’d do with my life if she wasn’t born. Happy Birthday Hip Hop♡
— Elijah Bondo (@eijahbondo) August 11, 2013
I met this girl when I was ten years old, and what I loved most she had so much soul.. happy birthday hip hop.
— Antonia (@heytoniii) August 11, 2013
happy birthday hip hop. thank u 4 giving me Public Enemy who reached me when I felt lost as a young girl. http://t.co/NRROWpAWbJ
— nam kiwanuka (@namshine) August 11, 2013
Happy 40th Birthday Hip Hop. You’re only 20 days older than me. pic.twitter.com/GOaGcPTrO7
— HumanityCritic (@HumanityCritic) August 11, 2013
Gonna wear my Run DMC shirt in honor of Hip Hop’s birthday
— stazie (@StahhZee) August 11, 2013