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Bronx building that cradled hip hop to get Smithsonian show

Posted: 12:56 PM, Apr 09, 2013
Updated: 2013-04-09 12:59:22-04

THE BRONX (PIX11) — Well before the Harlem Shake there was simply hip hop.

“The music back then was much better than it is today,” George Ferone said, who grew up in the Bronx.

Ferone grew up in the center of  hip hop’s birthplace.

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1520 Sedgwick Ave. is seen as the birthplace of hip hop.

“Back in the day it was all about rapping.”

The rapping quickly spread and became a national phenomenon. Decades later, the Bronx has been deemed the official “place of invention”.  In fact, Ferone’s home, the apartment complex at 1520 Sedgwick Ave., has been honored as the birthplace of hip hop. An iconic party in the community room, hosted by DJ Kool Herc in 1973, is seen as the seminal moment.

An exhibit will go up at the Smithsonian in D.C.to pay tribute to the building , and the area back in the 1970s and 80s, during those important formative years.  The exhibit will open in 2015.

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“The music back then was much better than it is today,” George Ferone said, who grew up in the Bronx.