This has to be the best Google Doodle in a while. The internet giant has launched a new one on their homepage today, which honors the 44th anniversary of Hip-Hop. Forty-four years ago today, the one and only DJ Kool Herc threw a party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx and changed the sound of music forever (see original flyer below).
The new doodle was designed by Cey Adams, the veteran graffiti artist and founding creative director of Def Jam records. It’s a graffiti-style interactive doodle which starts off with a brief introduction from Fab 5 Freddy, the former host of the ’90s era hit show Yo! MTV Raps. It then lets you become a DJ yourself by creating a turntable full of classic records. You can choose samples of classic songs from artists like George Clinton, The Isley Brothers and Billy Squire, and mix them by switching the slider left or right.
Google’s Ryan Germick said in a statement: “There’s a lot that went into figuring out what bitrate of audio you needed to scratch records, how to sync up the beats correctly, and the complexities around animations were firsts for us.” “We’ve never done a Doodle like this before, both because of the technical challenges and the many voices and collaborators we wanted to include,” added Perla Campos, who also worked on the Doodle at Google.
Experience the excellent doodle on google now!