DJ Premier: Kool Herc Needs Your Help

Over the weekend DJ Premier, as authoritative a voice as you could ask for in a situation like this, raised the alarm re: Clive Campbell, a/k/a DJ Kool Herc, the guy with as good as claim to the Godfather of Hip-Hop title as anyone. Though details are scarce at the moment, evidently Herc's been hospitalized, sans health insurance; that info right there is hopefully enough to launch the mother of all Kickstarter campaigns. (Thus far donation-wise all that's out there is an address, but there's no need to be retro about this.) Herc is, of course, the Jamaican-born DJ who more or less single-handedly invented The Break as we know it, immortalizing 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx as hip-hop's birthplace; for far more crucial detail, please see Jeff Chang's indispensable Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation,, for which Herc wrote the forward, because who the hell else is gonna do it. As Questlove has frequently noted, artists of Herc's stature usually only hit trending-topic status when they've passed -- let's get the jump on this one, shall we? Because picture a world where he never invents the Merry-Go-Round, like so . . .

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Dj Ash
Dj Ash

Awww you really think so? I feel bad for him though.


i guess that's what he gets for not being a sell-out or putting lux product placements in his music to ally himself with the consumerist economy


This man is the foundation of an entire culture. It sickens me beyond belief that he can't afford his health insurance while other so called *ahem* rappers get paid so much money they don't know what to do with it..

Therefore, I am issuing a challenge to ANY rapper, MC, DJ, or anyone else who benefits financially from this art:

If you make a living from hip hop culture, help this man by donating some money.I have his name forever tattooed on my arm. I don't make a lot of money and I am giving WHATEVER I can to help...

What will YOU do to help?You say you love hip-hop culture?? PROVE IT!!Donation addresses are up, all donations can be send to:


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

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