Monday, January 31, 2011

Hip Hop Community Rallies To Help Kool Herc

via New York Post

Hip hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc is "very sick" but has no health insurance and cannot afford much-needed surgery, friends say.

"[He] who we call the father of hip-hop, Kool Herc, is not doing well," DJ Premier announced on his Sirius XM radio program over the weekend.

"Since he's very sick and has no insurance ... [he] needs to pay his bills so he can get out of the hospital."

The nature of his illness has not been disclosed, but relatives are asking for help from his fans to raise money to pay for his care.

The Bronx man is a legend of early rap music, helping create key DJ techniques in the 1970s like the break beat that greatly influenced generations of performers in the decades that followed.

But since he never had any major hits, the 55-year-old born Clive Campbell, has struggled financially.

"We spoke today, and he needs some help to pay his bills for the hospital because he can't hold it down," DJ Premier said. "Being that he is the man who set this whole culture off, ya'll should be wanting to do it any type of way that you can."

an update on DJ Premier's blog:

Donation addresses are up, all donations can be send to:

P.O. BOX 20472

or you can wire you donation internationally via paypal to this address: (his sister)

His sister is taking care of everything. Press release is coming later today. He’s now home ok, but he’s in need of surgery which you can help him pay it. I’ll post if there are any more updates. Hip Hop is so beautiful… Thanks to everyone for the love… Kool Herc is a trending topic!

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