See How Google is Celebrating Hip Hop’s 44th Anniversary

Author: Marguerite Castaneda
08.13 / Music

Google is celebrating the birth of hip hop today, with a commemorative and interactive doodle on their homepage. Team Google Doodle really stepped up their game by partnering with graphic artist and designer Cey Adams and the legendary hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy.

For the 44th anniversary of the birth of hip hop, Google created an interactive turntable, complete with a virtual crate of records to make you into a DJ of your own. Also included in the project was Lyor Cohen, the head of music for YouTube and former Def Jam president. Cohen says of the hip hop movement, “it shows that people in any situation have the ability to create something powerful and meaningful. The progression of this culture and sound — from Kool Herc spinning James Brown breaks at a block party to Jay-Z, Kanye West and Drake being some of the biggest forces in music 44 years later — is something that few people at that first party could have anticipated.”

Fab 5 Freddy also narrates the entire tutorial of the turntable and gives us all a history lesson on how hip hop came to be. Check out Google's homepage today and lay down a track, scratch the vinyl, and play with the crossfader for yourself!