Caribbean and Latinx influence in Hip Hop

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of hip hop music, which has been and still is greatly influenced by Latin American, Caribbean, and US Latinx musical traditions. Many of the so-called founding fathers of hip hop were of Latin American and/or Caribbean origin, including DJ Kool Herc (Jamaican), DJ Disco Wiz (Puerto Rican and Cuban descent), Grandmaster Flash (Bajan), and Afrika Bambaataa (Jamaican and Bajan descent). Here are some resources to bring the history of hip hop into your classroom: