Hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc has reportedly been hospitalized and is in need of financial help from fans to assist an ailing illness.
DJ Premier broke the news of Herc’s unexpected condition over the weekend.
DJ Premier shared some terrible news today on the health condition of DJ Kool Herc. According to Premo’s site, “It’s doesn’t look positive as Kool Herc doesn’t have a health insurance and the billings go higher and higher. No more details were given but he is in need of some financial help as soon as possible. We at DJPremierBlog.com pray for the best…” DJ Kool Herc has helped launch the genre of hip-hop to where it is today. Anything helps! (The Source)
Within his statement, Premier made sure to remind fans of Herc’s rap legacy.
DJ Premier divulged the information on his XM Satellite radio show, Live From Headqcourterz. “Kool Herc is very sick,” DJ Premier said. “For those that know about Hip-Hop, who we call the father of Hip-Hop, Kool Herc, is not doing well. It’s funny how we have a father of a culture that still lives, where as in some cultures they are dead and gone even though they may still be worshipped or reflected on in some kind of way.” (About Rap)
Herc’s run in hip-hop dates back to its roots in the 1970’s.
Kool Herc is a Jamaican-born DJ who is credited with originating hip hop music, in The Bronx, New York City. His playing of hard funk records of the sort typified by James Brown was an alternative both to the violent gang culture of the Bronx and to the nascent popularity of disco in the 1970s. In response to the reactions of his dancers, Campbell began to isolate the instrumental portion of the record which emphasized the drum beat–the “break”–and switch from one break to another to yet another. (Wikipedia)
He has also helped to preserve rap’s legacy and birthplace.
In recent years, Herc has rallied to prevent the sale of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue — the birthplace of hip-hop where he would spin records at back-to-school parties– in the Bronx, NY. In 2007, state officials were accepting bids from developers but ceased when the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation officially recognized the building as the birthplace of hip-hop. (The Boom Box)
Check out some past footage of DJ Kool Herc below: