TREMONT - Today marked the 40th anniversary of the birth of hip-hop in the Bronx on Sedgwick Avenue.

Pioneers such as DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Melle Mel helped create the expressive style of music that they say told stories of people from their neighborhood.

Some of those men say hip-hop today has too many negative messages and is not reminiscent of the genre they created.

The term "hip-hop" was named by one of the Furious Five pioneers, who, the story goes, was teasing a friend who had joined the Army by scat-singing the words, "hip hop hip hop."

Melle Mel, born Melvin Glover, is the first rapper to call himself "MC," or master of ceremony. The 52-year-old is part of Windows of Hip Hop, Inc., a Bronx project geared toward education and historical perspectives of the genre.