African-American youth from the Bronx are credited with creating a phenomenon during the ‘70s known as rap. It evolved into the culture known as hip-hop, popular for its rhyming music, break-dancing, and urban art.
During the '80's, groundbreaking artists such as Run DMC brought hip-hop to a wider audience. Over the next 20 years, the genre expanded to include collaborations with rock artists and other sub-genres, eventually becoming a multi-billion dollar industry.
In 2006, the first-ever BET Hip Hop awards honored the pioneer Grandmaster Flash for his turntable expertise.
Remembering the birth of hip-hop, this Black History Month.