Posted in hiphop | music on January 31, 2011

by BBG

Kool Herc at Inspire (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Kool Herc

The man who inspired a music, a movement, and a culture needs your help:

DJ Kool Herc, one of the founding fathers of hip-hop, is allegedly "very sick" and cannot afford hospital treatment. The man who invented breakbeats is without health insurance and needs help, his friends say, to pay for surgery.

"[He] who we call the father of hip-hop, Kool Herc, is not doing well," DJ Premier revealed on his Sirius XM radio show this weekend. "Since he's very sick and has no insurance ... [he] needs to pay his bills so he can get out of hospital."

Kool Herc, real name Clive Campbell, was an integral figure in early hip-hop, developing DJ techniques and encouraging breakdance culture. But although he was a major influence on artists such as Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc was a DJ, not a record producer, and did not score any hits. Consequently, Premier said, the 55-year-old cannot afford surgery.

"We spoke today, and he needs some help to pay his bills for the hospital because he can't hold it down," Premier said. "And 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." -[The Guardian]

Sonce the above article was posted, Kool Herc has left the hospital (according to AllHipHop CEO Chuck Creekmur) but his medical issues persist. No details on what might be ailing the hip hop legend, but we'll keep you posted.

If you want to help then according to DJ Premier, you can either Paypal Kool Herc's sister Cindy Campbell via cindycampbell1 [AT] aol [DOT] com or mail in any donations to Kool Herc Production, PO Box 20472 Huntington Station, NY 11746. There will also be a Tony Touch-hosted fundraiser (with not many details available) at Sutra this Tuesday night.

Get well soon Kool Herc.

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Comments (17)

Just throwing this out there..how about one of you big boys of hip hop step up and pay for his surgery instead of coppin some new bling...Jay Z you've got to have a few million to burn. Diddy's got money in his name now for Christ sake, surely he has some to spare...

Posted by Sean | January 31, 2011 2:46 PM

^ i second that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 3:04 PM

I agree 100% with Sean. Instead of "poppin bottles" or buying new versace loafers, maybe Kayne, Jay-Z, Dildo (i mean Diddy), or any one of the other asshole materialistic rappers can help a "brother" out.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 3:05 PM

doubt it... why save the life of someone who paved the way for your career when you could just buy a couple more cars to compensate for your miniscule penis?

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 3:10 PM

I doubt the bv comment squad is equally eager to start such a witch hunt when a punk or indie luminary gets sick.

"maybe if rivers cuomo wasn't such a selfish fuck, he'd stop wasting money on japanese stationary, and pay for dee dee ramone's cock transplant"

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 3:18 PM

I kinda felt the same way about CBGB going bankrupt or not being able to pay rent or whatever. How many multi-multi-millionaire rock_n_rollers are out there that could have kept that place afloat? Lame sauce.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 3:53 PM

Ha the hip hop "culture" that Herc "created" is now all about "Gotta get mine before they get theirs", "Only look out for yourself", etc etc..poor guy didn't realize the bastardization to come of what he started.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 4:26 PM

Wow, white people sure have strong opinions about what the proper values of the hip-hop world should be...funny, that.

Get well soon, herc...

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 4:54 PM

It's just values, period. Something the hiphop world is devoid of.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 5:06 PM

As a lifetime hip hop fan... I can say one thing for sure- Hip Hop sucks now.
The beats are weak, the rhymes are weak, and the culture makes me vomit.

However, the new nas/Damian marley is dope.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 5:45 PM

This comment thread is the venn diagram overlap between an urban outfitters and a klan rally

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 8:08 PM

The above comment perfect exemplifies why this is a debate that can never really achieve any new ground....at a certain point a certain select group will be backed into the corner by a truth, and thus call out "racism" in order to try and escape. Happens everytime. Thank you for exposing it yet again, anon 8:08. Progress? Who needs progress?

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 8:26 PM

Anon 808 there has not been one comment yet that could lead you anywhere close to associating anything at all with the klan. What is lacking in your little brain to lead you to evoke such an image uneccesarily?

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 8:27 PM

8:26 is totally on point. Pretty much all of today's popular hip hop is complete materialistic bullshit...but most music critics are scared shit to say so. I used to love hip hop...and still do love the old stuff. And while I do like the new Kanye album...I also think it is WAY overrated and will never stand the time next to classic albums by PE, Tribe, Wu-Tang, Snoop and NWA. The main reason for this is because it has no heart...it's all materialistic garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 9:11 PM

The CBGB analogy is way off base. If anyone sunk money into that money-losing club, they're throwing their money away for some nostalgic notion that died twenty-five years ago. If we don't throw money at Kool Herc, a person dies. I think people are more important than businesses.

That said, listening to the opening verses of Big Pimpin for Jay-Z's feelings on charity cases.

Posted by Regular reader | February 1, 2011 12:43 AM

Ha the hip hop "culture" that Herc "created" is now all about "Gotta get mine before they get theirs", "Only look out for yourself", etc etc..poor guy didn't realize the bastardization to come of what he started.

Posted by شات تعب قلبي | February 1, 2011 10:55 AM

Something tells me this "DJ Kool Herc" isn't the type to go all bling-bling out.

All the best to him.

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2011 11:17 AM

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