The Creators of Google’s Hip-Hop Doodle Explain It’s Creation

Google Doodle

Image credit: Google

Two days ago (August 11th), the world celebrated the birthday of Hip-Hop, which was created at a now-iconic a party on 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx — 44 years ago. This year, Google (note: Lyor Cohen is now Head of Music there, under YouTube) outdid itself with a day-stealing doodle that centered upon turning the user into a DJ, all with the help of Fab 5 Freddy (with the sketch coming courtesy of Cey Adams).

The creators of said doodle — Kevin Burke, Ryan Germick and Perla Campos — spoke on its creation (source):

[Kevin:] I’m a huge Hip Hop fan. Growing up outside New Orleans, it was a part of my DNA-performing Hip Hop in my high school band, adding Hip Hop to my college radio station’s rotation, and working on the set of Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson” music video in my first job out of college. Hip Hop has been a constant thread through my life and I wanted to bring my love of it to a Doodle. I developed the concept for interactive turntables, showed it to my manager Ryan (also a fan of Hip Hop), and he lost it. He said, “let’s make it tomorrow!”

If you missed it (or want to relive it), you can enjoy the doodle here.

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