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Google and Fab 5 Freddy Create Digital Turntables to Celebrate Hip-Hop’s 44th Anniversary

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To celebrate the 44th anniversary of hip-hop’s dawning, Google created some incredibly dope digital turntables, where you can choose your own records and do your own mixes. Plus, once you get on it, it’s truly addictive.

The game is hosted by the legendary Fab 5 Freddy, who’s gives you not only a tutorial on how to you use the tables but walks you through a brief hip-hop lesson.

“Today, we’re celebrating one of the most important innovations in hip-hop music: the break,” says an animated version Fab 5. “On August 11, 1973, a DJ named Kool Herc threw a back to school party in the Boogie Down Bronx that changed music as we know it. Using two turntables, he extended the instrumental breaks, allowing people to dance longer … A style that came to be known as breakdancing.”

Moreover, there’s digital stacks of classic records to choose from, including The Isley Brothers’ “Between The Sheets,” George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” and Ohio Players’ “Pleasure.”

Also, on Friday (Aug. 11), Fab 5 posted a photo of the interactive game and said he really enjoyed working on it.

“I had fun getting animated for real working on this #BirthofHipHop, #GoogleDoodle celebrating this cultural force and saluting the DJs who got the party going and flowing. Now you can join the fun right here and hip-hop on these digital wheels of steel.”

So let’s all wish the culture that we love a happy 44th birthday, then head to the Google hompage to create your own fresh mixes.

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