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Clive Campbell (born April 16, 1955), also known as Kool Herc, DJ Kool Herc and Kool DJ Herc, is a Jamaican-born DJ who is credited with originating hip hop music, in The Bronx, New York City. His playing of hard funk records of the sort typified by James Brown was an alternative both to the violent gang culture of the Bronx and to the nascent popularity of disco in the 1970s. In response to the reactions of his dancers, Campbell began to isolate the instrumental portion of the record which emphasized the drum beat—the "break"—and switch from one break to another to yet another.

Using the two turntable set-up of the disco DJs, Campbell's style led to the use of two copies of the same record to elongate the break. This breakbeat DJing, using hard funk, rock, and records with Latin percussion, formed the basis of hip hop music. Campbell's announcements and exhortations to dancers helped lead to the syncopated, rhymed spoken accompaniment now known as rapping. He called his dancers "break-boys" and "break-girls", or simply b-boys and b-girls. Campbell's DJ style was quickly taken up by figures such as Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. Unlike them, he never made the move into commercially recorded hip hop in its earliest years.

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FilmographyThe Freshest Kids: A History of the B-Boy
Instruments:  Turntables
Genre:  Rap & Hip-Hop
Country:  USA
Birth Date:  April 16, 1955
Birth Place:  Jamaica
Gender:  Male
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Quick Tip by . February 01, 2011
Kool Herc has recently been released from the hospital amidst rumors of a severe illness and that the legendary DJ was on his death bed. Those rumors are false. He has severe kidney stones and like every other DJ, he doesn't have any health insurance to pay for the necessary surgery to get rid of them. The shame of that is for another review at another time. However, it is beyond ludicrous that such a legend should be going into debt just to get a necessary surgery done.      …
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