History of Atlanta’s Rise in Hip Hop

Dr. Joycelyn Wilson

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop, which is considered to have started on August 11, 1973, at a party in the Bronx, New York City. DJ Kool Herc, widely considered the father of hip hop, played a mix of funk and soul records, using two turntables and a mixer to create a new sound that emphasized the breakbeat - the instrumental portion of a song where the drummer typically takes a solo.  

This innovative style of music, dance, and art quickly spread throughout New York City and eventually across the world, becoming a cultural phenomenon and an important part of modern music history.

Atlanta, the city where cultures collide, has been a major stakeholder in Hip Hop long before popular culture deemed it mainstream. Here is a little history about our rise.

Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, Georgia Tech Professor, wrote about the History of Atlanta’s Rise in Hip Hop.