Today's Google Doodle celebrates the birth of hip-hop

Learn how hip-hop originated while becoming a low-key turntable master on Google

Google's homepage today has an homage to the pioneers of hip-hop and your very own set of turntables.

By clicking the Doodle, you will quickly learn that 44 years ago today, DJ Kool Herc threw a back to school kickback in the Bronx that sparked hip-hop music and culture as we know it.

DJ Kool Herc and other early DJs like Grandmaster Flash used two turntables to blend sounds and extend the length of instrumental breaks. Creating a longer "break" provided more time to dance and a steady beat for an MC to rap over.

After receiving a mini history lesson on hip-hop, the tables are turned over to you, along with a crate of records and 10 missions to accomplish. Some of the tasks include scratching a record, pausing a record and mixing two records in the same key.

Finding records in the same key is made easy to those not so musically inclined. When sifting through the digital crate of records the key, BPM, release date and where it was sampled is clearly listed. For example, you can find out that the Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets," was not only sampled in The Notorious B.I.G.'s “Big Poppa," but was also used in Chance the Rapper's “Juke Juke” and Common's “Breaker 1/9.”

Additionally, as you create original mixes with classic records and accomplish the set of missions, other facts about hip-hop history appear. Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" is soaring on charts today, but if you spend enough time exploring the Doodle you'll read about how Roxanne Shanté was one of the first female MCs to make a hip-hop hit back in 1984. 

Overall, the historical facts are on point and the turntable mixing is just plain fun. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.55.05 PM

Small plane lands on northbound I-35W in Twin Cities

A large police presence is at the scene.


Judge orders Minnesota gym that defied shutdown to close

Attorney General Keith Ellison sued the gym after it remained open.

montana cutbank

Charges: Man shot victim 'without provocation' using sawed-off shotgun

The incident happened on Nov. 24 in Ten Lake Township, located in Beltrami County.

Governor Tim Walz

Watch live: Walz, first responders address Minnesotans

Some departments have been forced to shift staffing or suspend service due to COVID-19.

covid-19, coronavirus

CDC says COVID-19 quarantine period can be cut to 10 or 7 days

You can come out of a 7-day quarantine following exposure provided you've had a negative test.

maple grove fire

1 person found dead inside Maple Grove business that burned down

A person had been unaccounted following the fire that destroyed Hanson Implement and Storage Tuesday night.

One-dollar bill, cash, money

Appeals court rules MN high school students can get unemployment benefits

They've been denied the benefits, and some were even asked to pay them back.

covid-19, coronavirus

Dec. 2 COVID-19 update: 77 more deaths in Minnesota

The death toll is closing in on 3,700 in Minnesota.

City Pages

Fan creates City Pages archive, Star Tribune tells him to remove it

After word spread that the defunct newspaper's website would go down, a fan created his own copy. Then he got a cease and desist letter.

Adam Thielen

Vikings activate Adam Thielen off COVID-19/reserve list

The star receiver missed last week's victory over Carolina.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 10.27.14 AM

Naked man shot by St. Paul cop is charged for sexual assault of ex-girlfriend

The 31-year-old suspect remains at Regions Hospital after being shot.


This Minnesota designer creates T-shirts celebrating hip-hop queens

Graphic designer Gerald Edwards Jr. specializes in shirts with thoughtful hip-hop and anime-influenced designs.

5 Twin Cities hip-hop artists to watch this winter

From conscious to chill vibes, these local artists have the sauce.

5 Twin Cities hip-hop artists to watch this fall

Trap, chill, conscious and experimental only begin to describe the waves created by these Minnesota artists.

Grammys 2017: Hip-hop performers and nominees

Some surprising news coming from the hip-hop happenings at the 2017 Grammys

The V.I.C.E. Boys are repping Twin Cities hip-hop's next wave

A closer look at the Minneapolis-based rap collective.

Hip-Hop reacts to Donald Trump winning the presidency

Donald Trump shocked the world with his Presidential victory last night. But how did the hip-hop nation react?