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When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the…

When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta…

by Laban Carrick Hill, Theodore Taylor (Illustrator)

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This book gives a wonderful look at the story of DJ Kool Herc and how he founded/invented Hip Hop and how his creativity made it happen. You don't often see Hip Hop used in children's books, so I was overjoyed to see this one. You get to see how he created todays most listened to genre in music. From his roots in Jamaica, to his ascendance in the Bronx. I really like how they show case the how DJ-ing, break dancing, and Rapping/MC-ing came to be and what formed them. There are examples of some of the rhymes the "Herculoids" used at the parties they preformed at. The illustrations are amazing and give great representation to the Hip Hop community and its history. The book shows how creativity and ingenuity can be used ti make something great. I think a lot of children would love this book and connect with it. ( )
  KyleWashington | Feb 18, 2018 |
When the beat drops is a story about a young boy who wants to become a DJ. He uses his music to express himself. I think this is intended for third grade and up audiences, and I would use this book to show that there are many different things you can read or write, including music. ( )
  tayburnett | Feb 9, 2018 |
This is a story about the birth of hip hop. It is about a boy that goes by the name of DJ Kool Herc. DJ Kool was working a house party, when he put his hand on the track and made a beat. This was the beginning of hip hop music for DJ Kool, and those around him. This book would be good to read in a fourth grade music class. ( )
  Mas119 | Nov 15, 2017 |
This book is about a young boy named Clive and it talks about he becomes
DJ Herc. He moved from Jamaica to the Bronx, New York. This young boy is in love with music and was willing to do anything to become a DJ one day. Even move to the other side of the world. This book will give young children hope and will help them find the drive to accomplish their dreams. Even if students are not in love with music, this book can still show them to follow their dreams. I would read this book to my students and ask them about what goals they have and how they can overcome the obstacles in their lives. ( )
  Kaitlin_villoutreix | Nov 14, 2017 |
This book is great for upper elementary grades and can be used when representing new cultures. This book explores the life of DJ Kool Herc a young boy that moved from Jamaica to New York and made a way for today"s Hip Hop culture. I highly recommend it. ( )
  JalisaLouis | Nov 4, 2017 |
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Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.… (more)

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