On this day in Hip-Hop history, the New York City blackout of 1977 birthed a generation of new DJs.
On this day in 1977, New York City experienced a major blackout which resulted in widespread looting and arson in many of the poorer neighborhoods around the city. Hip-hop pioneers DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Caz both attributed the rise of an entire generation of DJs and hip-hop artists due to the mass looting of equipment like turntables, mixers, and speakers.
Also on this day...
1985 - Run-D.M.C. performed at Live Aid at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
1993 - Milwaukee's Gumbo released their debut album Droppin' Soulful H20 On the Fiber on Chrysalis.
1993 - Ice Cube released the hit single "Check Yo Self" on Priority.
1999 - Gang Starr released their compilation album Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr on 7 Grand Records.
2004 - The Roots released the album The Tipping Point on Geffen.
2012 - Nas released his eleventh studio album Life Is Good on Def Jam.