Twitter Teams Up With Fab 5 Freddy To Celebrate Hip-Hop's 48th Birthday

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Viola Davis, Tierra Whack and Patty Mills all have one thing in common. No, they did not all star in a basketball-related movie that Tierra Whack produced the soundtrack for. Although that would be cool if it actually happened, the correct answer is that they all were born on August 11. With that said, there was also one other person or thing born on August 11, Hip-Hop. While there is no exact date or moment in which Hip-Hop was born, many recognized August 11 as Hip-Hop's birthdate because something significant happened on that day in New York. On Sedgwick Avenue in a small, community room in the Bronx, DJ Kool Herc hosted a back-to-school jam that is known as the first Hip-Hop party ever. Forty-eight years later, Jay-Z is a billionaire, Kendrick Lamar has more GRAMMYs than he knows what to do with and Queen Latifah is starring too many movies to count. Simply put, Hip-Hop has grown a lot and today is a day to celebrate just how far it has come.Snoop Dogg

Joining in on the celebration, Twitter has teamed up with Fab 5 Freddy to create an emoji collection honoring breakdancing, DJing and other facets of the growing culture. Also, Fab 5 Freddy will sit down with Brandon "Jinx" Jenkins to talk about Hip-Hop's evolution over the last four decades.

Fab 5 Freddy is a pioneer in New York's Hip-Hop culture. He was the driving force behind Wild Style and directed music videos for Queen Latifah, Nas and Snoop Dogg. Most notably, he served as the host for Yo! MTV Raps, a show that helped bring Hip-Hop to audiences from coast to coast and inspired other series like The Basement and 106th & Park. Currently, Fab 5 Freddy works on developing visual art and was recently featured in the Los Angeles Museum Of Contemporary Art.

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