September 15, 2017

No summer can be properly topped off without a back-to-school jam, and the summer of 1973 was no exception. On August 11 of that year, a party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in The Bronx transcended from moment to movement: it was the birth of hip-hop, ushered in by the beats of its forebear, DJ Kool Herc. While hip hop has grown far beyond its roots, this day has proven pivotal to its fate and future as a genre.

44 years to the day, we had the honor of celebrating and hosting Diggin’ Thru the Crates’ debut New York event at Beyond Studios. As attendees were treated to by-request sets by Bronx-bred legend, Lord Finesse, Hot 97’...

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