DJ Kool Herc
Credited as the father of hip-hop, DJ Kool Herc had a vital role in the birth of the culture.
"It was nice to be called out by people who pick up the mental rhythm like Jam Master Jay, Hoppa," Herc, told VIBE of his award. "Now turntables are selling more than guitars. I’m glad to see the generation still continuing the art form..." Then boasting: "Like America loves apple pie, we’re going to be here. Like my man KRS-One said ‘we’re going to be here forever.’ As long as there is Christmas, there’s going to be hip-hop.