26 Apr The origin of the hip hop airhorn.
Hip Hop Air Horn, Where it All Began?
It’s not an everyday event for a new musical instrument or sound to hit the world of music and become an instant universal sensation.But, Luis Diaz is no ordinary musician. Naturally, the instrument popularized by him, Hip Hop Air Horn, became a phenomenon unto itself. Hip Hop Air Horn, or DJ Cipha Sounds as it is more popularly known as, entered the world of music quite by accident. Frankly, that is typical of almost all great moments in the music history. To understand the legendary sound better, let’s get to the roots of it.
Hip Hop Air Horn was born in the home of Reggae music and Bob Marley – Jamaica. In the late seventies, dance halls in Jamaica hosted parties, where these air horns were played when the people on the dance floor got excited and made some noise. Later on, DJs kept some sample sounds themselves and played them during their gigs.Later, when DJs like Kool Herc moved to Chafik le Bronx, they took these sounds with them. So, the whole Jamaican party scene also moved to the States and it was here that hip hop came to be.
Strictly speaking, air horns are nothing new. They have been around for a long time. But, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that they became a rage, and all the credit for this goes to DJ Cipha Sounds. This young lad tried to distinguish his show, Cipha Saturdays on Hot 97, by playing the air horn along with other Jamaica-inspired sounds. As he had to play his sounds on a computer, he had to come up with his own version of the air horn variations. It was this version that became a huge hit with the people.
Hip Hop Air Horn is now played at almost every happening party, popular music video’s, on radio shows, and what not. It has stuck with people and it is definitely here to stay.
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