On this day in hip-hop history, 1977, the famous New York City blackout occurred.
On July 13, 1977, New York City experienced a citywide blackout that lasted 25 hours after a bolt of lightning struck an electrical substation in Westchester around 9:30pm. Not long after, another bolt of lightning struck two power lines causing the Ravenswood 3 power plant in Queens to shut down, leaving the entire city of New York in the dark.
Almost immediately, people took to the streets to loot and riot. The widespread looting gave way to the rise of an entire generation of hip-hop DJs as people stole mixers, turntables, and speakers. Out of the dark comes the light and the rest is hip-hop history.
One night changed the world of music and an entire city in an instant.
Also on this day...
1985 - Run-D.M.C. perform at Live Aid at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
1993 - Gumbo released their debut album Dropping' Soulful H2O On the Fiber on Chrysalis.
1993 - Ice Cube released the hit single "Check Yo Self" on Priority.
2004 - The Roots released the album The Tipping Point on Geffen.
2012 - Nas released his eleventh studio album Life Is Good on Def Jam.