Word around the internet is that the Father of Hip Hop Kool Herc has been hospitalized with an unknown medical condition. According to sources his health is getting worse due to not having health insurance. DJ Premier made an announcement on Sirius XM radio that he was hospitalized and in need of money for care. You can get the donation information from Premier’s website. http://www.djpremierblog.com/ Payments can be made via paypal.
Kool Herc aka Clive Campbell Jamaican immigrant from the Bronx, NY is credited for originating hip hop music. Using the two turntable set-up of the disco DJs, Campbell’s style led to the use of two copies of the same record to elongate the break.This breakbeat DJing, using hard funk, rock, and records with Latin percussion, formed the basis of hip hop music. Campbell’s announcements and exhortations to dancers helped lead to the syncopated, rhymed spoken accompaniment now known as rapping. He called his dancers “break-boys” and “break-girls”, or simply b-boys and b-girls.(wikipedia)
Say a prayer for Kool Herc and keep him in your thoughts. Without him paving the way there would be no Kanye West, Nas, Jay-Z or Swizz Beats!
For a little time travel back to his days check out movies, Breaking 1 and 2, Krush Groove, and Wild Style!