Next Stop: The Bronx — 1520 Sedgwick Avenue!

Intrins­ic­ally, it’s dif­fi­cult for me to go any fur­ther than tak­ing the time out to embrace the place which has so many view as the birth­place of Hip Hop and put into per­spect­ive, its rel­ev­ance in his­tory. So, if you’ve snatched up that obscure slab of vinyl from your loc­al char­ity store, which you just KNOW is going to have that moment in the track that no one else has touched. Or if once again, you’re get­ting up to stick on the latest phat Primo pro­duced joint, it pretty much all star­ted here; 1520 Sedg­wick Ave. The Bronx, NY.

Earli­er this year I finally found the oppor­tun­ity to reach NYC.


I don’t know how many Hip Hop heads make this trip,but des­pite the obvi­ous struc­tur­al dif­fer­ences, vis­it­ing this social hous­ing area in Sedg­wick Ave must draw par­al­lels to how a young kid might feel dur­ing their first Yan­kee Sta­di­um exper­i­ence. After years of liv­ing the cul­ture, I just had to wit­ness this place in the flesh and feel the vibe. In 1973 Clive Camp­bell aka DJ Kool Herc, was asked by his sis­ter to provide the sounds for her birth­day party.

The night was to be held in the recre­ation room of their block. It was at this party that the tech­nique known as the merry–go- around was first dropped. The ‘break’! That instru­ment­al part of the record that is the integ­ral essence of any real Hip Hop track was born. Tak­ing two cop­ies of the same record & lin­ing up the rel­ev­ant sec­tions, Kool Herc would go deck to deck to make the dan­cers go crazy. I can only ima­gine how it must have felt to have been there on the night. Wit­ness­ing that fresh, raw street energy, that was to play a major part in the evol­u­tion of Hip Hop.

Pho­to­graphy by:  Ben­jamin Buist

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Gata Malandra

Gata Malandra

Edit­or / Research­er at No Bounds
Gata is a music and arts lov­er, stud­ied anthro­po­logy, art man­age­ment and media pro­duc­tion ded­ic­at­ing most of her time to cre­at­ive pro­jects pro­duced by No Bounds.
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Gata is a music and arts lover, studied anthropology, art management and media production dedicating most of her time to creative projects produced by No Bounds.

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