DJ Kool Herc :: Hip-Hop Founding Father Needs Your Help

News began to surface over the weekend that DJ Kool Herc, the man widely-recognized as the father of hip-hop is in need of financial assistance to cover pressing medical cost. Over the last few years, Kool Herc has been in and out of the hospital due to kidney stones. DJ Premier posted on his blog that “Since he’s very sick and has no insurance, [he] uses a metro card to get around [and he] needs to pay his bills so he can get out of the hospital.”  Further adding, “If you don’t know about it, now you know about it. …We spoke today, and he needs some help to pay his bills for the hospital because he can’t hold it down. 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.”
We strongly encourage you to send donations to Kool Herc’s family, and help one of the pioneers of contemporary popular music in his time of need.

DJ Premier also mentioned that Kool Herc’s sister is taking care of everything, so if you wire money to that email address, it’s going directly to the family. All donations can be send to:

P.O. BOX 20472

or PayPal to this email address:

Also, if you’re in the NYC area, DJ Tony Touch, who has been updating fans on Twitter, is hosting a fund-raising event tonight (February 1st) at Sutra Lounge in Lower East Side. You can encourage to attend this event in which all funds raised will to Kool Herc.
Sutra Lounge
16 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10009

Kool Herc, born Clive Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica emigrate to the United States in the 1970s, and lived in the Bronx, a predominantly black and Latino community where he began to play reggae and dub/Jamaican soundsystem culture style, but his new audience was more receptive to the soul and funk records of the time. So Kool Herc began to mix what seems like disparate influences; his musical roots and his new influences.

  • Leetenant
  • 1/30/2011

I really appreciate the fact that important people in the hiphop community are trying to help private citizens through private charities and not through government bureaucrats who have no moral fiber and no right to tax and spend on social issues that they deem worthy. Private charities help people in distress faster and more efficiently then “Big Sister”.