The Big Apple can also count on Biggie, Rakim, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, KRS-One, Mos Def, Slick Rick, Nikki Minaj, Run-D.M.C., Mase, and Wu Tang among its influential children, and that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rappers from New York.
New York spawned some of the greatest rappers. The enduring spirit of New York hip-hop is unbridled confidence, limitless audacity. New York—and the Bronx specifically—is the birthplace of hip-hop.
The birthplace of hip-hop, mecca of the universe and even “the city that never sleeps” are some of the descriptive phrases that New York City is known for. On a hot summer night in the Bronx in 1973, DJ Kool Herc changed music forever. At his sister's back-to-school party on August 11—44 years ago today—he introduced what's since become recognized as hip-hop to an extremely enthusiastic audience.