Happy Bornday Hip Hop

Like any style of music, hip hop has roots in other forms, and its evolution was shaped by many different artists, but there’s a case to be made that it came to life precisely on this day in 1973, at a birthday party in the recreation room of an apartment building in the west Bronx, New York City. The location of that birthplace was 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, and the man who presided over that historic party was the birthday girl’s brother, Clive Campbell—better known to history as DJ Kool Herc, founding father of hip hop.

Born and raised to the age of 10 in Kingston, Jamaica, DJ Kool Herc began spinning records at parties and between sets his father’s band played while he was a teenager in the Bronx in the early 1970s. Herc often emulated the style of Jamaican “selectors” (DJs) by “toasting” (i.e., talking) over the records he spun, but his historical significance has nothing to do with rapping. Kool Herc’s contribution to hip hop was even more fundamental.

DJ Kool Herc’s signature innovation came from observing how the crowds would react to different parts of whatever record he happened to be playing: “I was noticing quotecorner.com/finasteride.html people used to wait for particular parts of the record to dance, maybe [to] do their specialty move.” Those moments tended to occur at the drum breaks—the moments in a record when the vocals and other instruments would drop out completely for a measure or two of pure rhythm. What Kool Herc decided to do was to use the two turntables in a typical DJ setup not as a way to make a smooth transition between two records, but as a way to switch back and forth repeatedly between two copies of the same record, extending the short drum break that the crowd most wanted to hear. He called his trick the Merry Go-Round. Today, it is known as the “break beat.”

By the summer of 1973, DJ Kool Herc had been using and refining his break-beat style for the better part of a year. His sister’s party on August 11, however, put him before his biggest crowd ever and with the most powerful sound system he’d ever worked. It was the success of that party that would begin a grassroots musical revolution, fully six years before the term “hip hop” even entered the popular vocabulary.



Australian researchers identify PIPP gene trigger for spread of breast cancer

Melbourne researchers have discovered a genetic trigger for breast cancer in a breakthrough that will help predict the spread of the disease and allow more targeted treatment.

The research team has won an international race to identify the gene, called PIPP, and the findings were published today in the US journal Cancer Cell.

It all started with then PHD student Lauren Binge.

Having lost her grandmother to cancer, she began an eight-year scientific quest for answers.

Team member Lauren Binge was a PHD student when her grandmother contracted breast cancer, and she spent the next eight years seeking answers.

“I have a strong family history of breast cancer and I was always really interested in the molecular mechanism of how a cell goes from a normal cell to a cancer cell,” she said.

Cancer is like this massive jigsaw puzzle. We’re all putting one little piece into the puzzle then we can finally see what the true picture is.

Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of Medicine, Monash University

“We’ve identified a tumour suppressant protein that could potentially be screened in cancer patients.

“We can target therapies to them for those really aggressive cancers that have a poor prognosis.”

Ms Binge handed her research over to Dr Lisa Ooms, the author of the study published today.

The Australian researchers have beaten US and European labs to the world-first finding.

“It’s important because breast cancer metastasis, or spread, is the leading cause of breast cancer death,” Dr Ooms said.

“So understanding how breast cancer grows and spreads is really important for patients in the future.”

The research shows that if breast cancer patients do not have the PIPP gene, their prognosis is worse.

Tumour suppressant protein discovered

The Dean of Medicine at Monash University, Professor Christina Mitchell, said doctors struggled to treat patients when their cancer spread.

“We can have quite long illnesses where they are dealing with spread of cancer to their bones, to their brain, over a considerable period of time,” she said.

“If we can prevent that spread initially or reduce the spread, that gives us much better clinical outcomes for the patients involved.

“Cancer is like this massive jigsaw puzzle.

Breast cancer sample on glass slide

“We’re all putting one little piece into the puzzle then we can finally see what the true picture is.”

Vivienne Gorman had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an eventual mastectomy when her cancer was worse than first thought.

She is hopeful the new discovery will lead to genetic testing for patients like her and a clearer diagnosis.

“I think the initial fear is, oh, this is terrible,” she said.

“I think if you could have a more positive look about it and they say well look, this is not going to damage you too much, we can treat it this, we we can target, it I think that would be fantastic.”

With 42 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer daily, the discovery will make the spread of their cancer more predictable and treatment more targeted, but clinical use is 5 to 10 years away.


Happy Parent

With the advent of social media the amount of negativity is overwhelming so seeing a happy comment about a school I felt compelled to post this:

“… As a single/divorced  parent of four children being able to afford a Free quality high school education for my children is extremely important. Both myself and my son, Omar, looked at all public and private high schools and nothing compared to the right match for his learning style. Vertus has provided leadership skills, a brotherhood culture and a pathway for educational success beyond the classroom and high school. Omar is looking forward to a Division one collegiate education.”


Christina  Wofford
Proud Vertus Parent
Omar McBride’s mother



Resting B***h Face

Resting B***h Face

Is this really a big deal or not?

Personally I hate when people refer to this phrase because sometimes it can come off very offensive. I myself am victim to this phrase. I have been told this because I guess I don’t have a permanent grin on my face. But who cares!

Check my picture out below. Would you consider this a “Resting B***h Face”?

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GI’s Review on Compton

Fresh off the heels of Dirty Sprite 2 and Dreams Worth More Than Money, Dr. Dre drops the long awaited “Detox” album cleverly entitled Compton.

The soundtrack to movie Straight Outta Compton is packed with hardcore beats and rhymes fit for a hip-hop junkie and Dr. Dre enthusiast, with features from west kings such as Snoop Dog and Kendrick Lamar to name a few.  It’s very rare for me to be excited by today’s music with all off the disposal music these days, but I must say I’m extremely satisfied with this body of work.  Tracks like Genocide, Darkside/Gone, Satisfaction and Animals are just a few of the tracks that I like the most.

Overall this is what hip-hop has been missing.  Dope beats and lyrics with substance.  Not to bash Future and Meek Mill, but they are nowhere close to comparison with Compton.  Definitely a must have in your collection.  Dr. Dre strikes again!!!

Crazed Man Kills His Wife and Two Dogs

I am going to warn everybody before reading this blog.

Qualifications to Read:

  • Must be sane
  • Have not wanted to harm another



  • This is a disgusting and unfortunate incident
  • If you have a crazy boyfriend/husband or girlfriend/wife keep an eye out on them!


Okay now that we got all the precautions over with. In Phoenix Arizona a man is facing charges of first-degree murder and two counts of animal cruelty. The charges have come after he mutilated his wife and two dogs July 25th.

43 year old, Kenneth Dale Wakefield, was apparently high on drugs when he stabbed his wife multiple times before slicing off her head. Allegedly, the reason for slicing off her head was that he was, “trying to get the evil out.”

I don’t know where he heard that killing somebody gets the evil out of them but obviously he talks to God because he told the neighbor that everything was okay since God forgave him.

Sorry hunny but I don’t think forgiveness is what you need. I think he really should go to a mental hospital. But oops I forgot he was released from the facility months before the killing.

SMH, so is the mental health facility a fraud? He was released and then ended up taking away somebody’s beloved life. Isn’t this backwards?

The real question is will he be sent to jail or back to the mental facility? I think he needs to serve time but you know how the courts love declaring mental illness.

Rochester Twilight Criterium

When: Saturday, August 15

If you’re not familiar with bicycle racing, you may be wondering what a crit or criterium is. It’s just a bicycle race, right? Yes, a criterium is a bicycle race, but it isn’t just a bicycle race. A criterium is a really cool kind of race that features relentlessly high-paced racing on a short closed loop course that gives spectators plenty of access to the action.

Spectator admission is free. New this year is the Food Truck Rodeo and Beer Garden. There is still time to register as a racer; deadline is August 13th

For more details, please visit rochestercrit.com