This is bugged out because you would think that this wouldn’t be a case of support but… notoriety doesn’t always equal out to funds. Now, I know to each his own but… all these Rappers and Mcees out her that claim to be stuntin’ for fun and shit, spending money on frivolous things… if you want to give back I suggest supporting the father of Hip-Hop. That’s all I’m gonna say about it. FANGGGG!
Courtesy of DailyNews.com:
NYC Hip hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc has ‘kidney stones’ but no health insurance, can’t afford surgery
BY Lukas I. Alpert
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Contrary to reports that DJ Kool Herc is gravely ill, the hip-hop pioneer’s family said Monday that he has “serious kidney stones” that require a surgery he can’t afford. “He’s been in terrible pain for months,” said Herc’s sister Cindy Campbell. “The doctors say they’ve got to come out, but we just don’t have the money.” Fans of the legendary turntablist grew deeply concerned when reports that he was “very sick” with an undisclosed illness emerged over the weekend.
“\[He\] who we call the father of hip-hop, Kool Herc, is not doing well,” DJ Premier announced on his Sirius XM radio program on Friday. “Since he’s very sick and has no insurance … \[He\] needs to pay his bills so he can get out of the hospital.”
That set off a flurry of Twitter messages and an on-line fund-raising campaign to help the pace-setting Bronx DJ out. So far, the 55-year-old DJ has piled up more than $10,000 in hospital bills and the much-needed surgery will only add to that, his sister said.
Herc, born Clive Campbell, is widely credited with creating the break beat in the early 1970s – a key DJing technique that is the underpinning of hip-hop. While greatly influencing generations of performers in the decades that followed, Herc never had any major hits of his own and has struggled financially. He has also battled drug problems in the past.
Doctors at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx discovered large stones in one of Campbell’s kidneys several months ago and inserted a stent to try to alleviate his discomfort, his sister said.”But it’s starting to affect his health and he’s on pain killers, which is no good,” she said. “This needs to be dealt with soon.” She said the hip-hop community owes it to those who came before them to help out. “People need to come together on this. The trailblazers are getting older and they have no real support network,” she said.
DJ Premier echoed that sentiment on his radio show. “He needs some help to pay his bills for the hospital because he can’t hold it down,” he 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.”
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If you want to help out, do so by mailing check to Kool Herc Productions at P.O. Box 20472 Huntington Station, NY 11746, or donating through through PayPal to Herc’s sister Cindy Campell firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kool Herc Biography(Courtesy of OldSchoolHipHop):
Did you know that a man named Clive Campbell who was born in 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica is The Father of Hip Hop?
Why don’t you?
Kool Herc emigrated to the Bronx in 1967 when he was 12 years old. While attending Alfred E. Smith High School he spent a lot of time in the weight room. That fact coupled with his height spurned the other kids to call him Hercules.
His first deejay gig was as his sister’s birthday party. It was the start of an industry.
1520 Sedgwick Avenue. The address of Herc’s family and the location of the recreation room where he would throw many of his first parties as the DJ.
Herc became aware that although he new which records would keep the crowd moving, he was more interested in the break section of the song. At this point in a song, the vocals would stop and the beat would just ride for short period. His desire to capture this moment for a longer period of time would be a very important one for hip hop.
Herc would purchase two copies of the same record and play them on separate turntables next to each other. He would play the break beat on one record then throw it over to the other turntable and play the same part. Doing this over and over, he could rock any house in NY. (Not to mention it being an early form of looping that would be made easier through electronic sampling.)
He would dig in crates and look everywhere to find the perfect break beat for his parties. He didn’t care what type of music, because he only needed a small section of a song for his purposes.
His first professional DJ job was at the Twilight Zone in 1973. He wanted to get into another place called the Hevalo, but wasn’t allowed…yet.
His fame grew. In addition to his break beats, Herc also became known as the man with the loudest system around. When he decided to hold a party in one of the parks, it was a crazy event. And a loud one. At this time Afrika Bambaataa and other competing DJ’s began trying to take Herc’s crown. Jazzy Jay of the Zulu Nation recalls one momentous meeting between Herc and Bam.
Herc was late setting up and Bam continued to play longer than he should have. Once Herc was set up he got on the microphone and said “Bambaataa, could you please turn your system down?” Bam’s crew was pumped and told Bam not to do it. So Herc said louder, “Yo, Bambaataa, turn your system down-down-down.” Bam’s crew started cursing Herc until Herc put the full weight of his system up and said, “Bambaataa-baataa -baataa, TURN YOUR SYSTEM DOWN!” And you couldn’t even hear Bam’s set at all. The Zulu crew tried to turn up the juice but it was no use. Everybody just looked at them like, “You should’ve listened to Kool Herc.”
Finally his fame peaked and at last, in 1975, he began working at the Hevalo in the Bronx. He helped coin the phrase b-boy (break boy) and was recently quoted as saying he was “the oldest living b-boy.”
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