“All the components of so-called Hip Hop have deeper roots, from so-called “graffiti” (stylized urban lettering) to MCin’, DJin’ and the dance forms associated with the culture. Herc, Bam, the L Bros, the Smoke-A -Trons and many others were continuing a legacy that was all ready in motion. The turning point was when Herc started extending the breaks, which Flash perfected and Grand Wizzard Theodore added to with scratchin’ & needle droppin’. The block parties, park jams, house parties, hookie sets, community center jams and other spots that featured this style of spinnin’ with no age, dance or dress code solidified a place for a culture that eventually became known as Hip Hop.
Hip Hop was the youths rebellious alternative to the older crowd’s, dressed up, disco scene where you couldn’t get in if you didn’t have money or dressed appropriately and would be ridiculed if you floor/down rocked for more than a few seconds. Hip Hop jams were inclusive to all where as Disco clubs were exclusive.
I believe Herc, Bam, the L Bros, Smokey and the Smoke-A-Trons, Disco King Mario and many others were responsible for bringing together and defining a culture that all ready existed in certain ways. Nothing comes from a void. We simply add on and evolve.” = Jorge Fabel Pabon