Dear Hip-Hop, Kool Herc Needs Our Support
Hip-Hop doesn't come with a union, no 401k and definitely no pension plans. In a genre where gunning for self is possibly one of the top motifs going, helping seems to be only cool when it comes to gaining some sort of political advantage (image relations, etc).
Clive Campbell is above any and all rap beefs, careers and everything in between. If it wasn't for him some near 40 years ago we probably would have never discovered this little thing of ours which has grown into a international and cultural phenomenon faster than any of us predicted. If you take time to actually sit back and learn about the history of hip-hop, it all starts with Kool Herc. But, without medical insurance, Herc currently finds himself in need of donations to pay for his surgery as he is currently in a hospital facility in New York for an undisclosed reason.
"[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." Friends have provided an address for donations to the DJ, and while Kool Herc was released from hospital on Sunday, according to DJ Tony Touch, he is "still in dire need of financial aid". [Source]
Donations can be made here:
Kool Herc Productions
P.O. Box 20472
Huntington Station, NY 11746
Or you can wire donations via Paypal to this address:
firstname.lastname@example.org (his sister)