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The Original Legendary Cipher Sounds Not from hot 97 with over 25 years of Entertainment and Hip Hop History.

Cipher Sounds - Biography. The original D.J. hip-hop Cipher Sounds was established in South Side Jamaica, Queens, New York in the year 1975. Little more than a year after the originators of the genre: Kool Herc, Afrikka Bambatatta, Grand Master Flash and others had created the culture and had begun to guide it through its infant stages in the Bronx, DJs Divine, Understanding, and Divine Justice had the idea to create their own sound system that would play in the parks and community centers of their neighborhood in Jamaica Queens. Thus Cipher Sounds was born. In the dictionary a cipher is defined as: A series of well-defined steps that can be followed as a procedure. On the streets of NY in the early 70s the word cipher had become widely associated with a spiritual sect known as: The Five Percent Nation (5%). They utilized the word to describe a group of their members who had gathered together in a circle to pass along knowledge to one another. This knowledge was known as ":Divine Mathematics": The original founding members of Cipher Sounds: Divine Justice, Divine and Understanding, were practicing members of the culture. Cipher Sounds did their first gig at the Southern Queens Community Center and quickly became a neighborhood favorite. Their style of incorporating European disco records together with soulful break beats was popular with mobile DJs across the city, but Cipher Sounds added a unique aspect to their performance by incorporating an echo chamber for the microphone, adding reverb and effects to the voice of the M.C. behind the music. This soon became their signature sound and would set them apart from many of the other street DJs in New York City. As time went on two of the original triad: DJ Divine, and Divine Justice left the group to pursue other ventures, leaving DJ Understanding aka Tony Moore to become Cipher Sounds. Using mostly

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