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DJ Kool Herc inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the Musical Influence category in 2023.

DJ Kool Herc

Color promotional promotional photograph of Kool Herc, Jesse Washington, and Grandmaster Caz.One of hip-hop’s founding fathers

DJ Kool Herc is one of hip-hop’s founding fathers; his innovation and experimentation created the blueprint for hip-hop and set the stage for future artists and DJs to build upon. More on

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Archival Resources

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Rock's Backpages Articles

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Influence & Legacy

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