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A look back on Hip-Hop's influence on fashion

Do you remember where you were when you first heard Hip-Hop and what you were wearing? Rap culture blazed onto the scene in the early 70's like a lightening bolt and 50 years later the genre influences everything! Some people say Hip—Hop was born in the Boogie-down Bronx when DJ Kool Herc set up a back-to-school jam. Other’s claim that rap originated in roller skating rinks and house parties in the borough of Queens, New York. As someone who lived in both boroughs and witnessed Raps emergence during that time, I say that Bronx and Queens can lay claim to the genre equally before it spread throughout the world.

Aficionados agree that it was the summer of 1973 that kicked off the confluence of urban landscapes tagged with graffiti murals and oversized boom box radios that screamed dope lyrics. Suddenly, Then suddenly, Hip-Hop’s creative disruption spread throughout sweltering inner-city parks like a fever where only pop-up dance parties could provide relief. The term DeeJay was born as spin masters from the boroughs hiked their turntables onto discarded milk crates, when you could find milk crates, creatively spinning tunes and mixing beats into submission until they morphed into a totally different unrecognizable groove.