NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18:  (L-R) DJ Kool Herc attend the 2011 STAT! For New York City's Public Hospitals Gala at Bellevue Hospital Center Atrium on October 18, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

DJ Kool Herc

Born Clive Campbell, DJ Kool Herc is responsible for laying the foundation to America's most pervasive genre of music. As a Bronx DJ during the early '70s, his style of extending the percussion sections of classic funk and rock tunes — known as the "break" — became what we now call the "breakbeat." From there emerged "break-boys" and "break-girls" (or simply b-boys and girls) and his signature calls like "To the beat, y'all! You don't stop!" formed the basis of rap. His techniques influenced the careers of hip hop heroes such as Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa who propelled the movement even further. Today, the Jamaican-born innovator is respected worldwide as The Father of Hip Hop.

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