DJ Kool Herc is a Jamaican-American DJ who is credited for being one of the originators (some say THE originator) of hip-hop music in 1973 in The Boogie Down Bronx. While DJ’ing, he began to isolate the instrumental portion of the record he was playing, which emphasized the drum beat—known as “the break”—and switch from one break to another. Using the same two turntable set-up used by disco DJs, Herc used two copies of the same record to elongate the break. Breakbeat DJing, using hard funk and records with Latin percussion, formed the basis of hip-hop music. Also, DJ announcements and exhortations to dancers helped lead to the syncopated, rhymed spoken accompaniment now known as MCing or rapping (this tradition began in Jamaica). He called his dancers "break-boys" and "break-girls", or simply b-boys and b-girls because they were . . . breakdancing! Boom! Herc’s contemporaries such as Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash borrowed from and built upon Kool Herc’s style. Unlike them, he never made the move into commercially recorded hip-hop in its earliest years. But man do we love him!!