Published Jan 31, 2011DJ Kool Herc is considered by many to be the founding father of hip-hop thanks to his innovative techniques, which became "breaking" in the early '70s. Now, the living legend is asking fans for financial help, as he's in dire need of surgery, but lacks health insurance.
The 55-year-old Herc (born Clive Campbell) was hospitalized over the weekend with a serious but still unconfirmed illness. DJ Premier put out a call on his Sirius Sattelite Radio show, saying, "Kool Herc is very sick... 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 worshiped or reflected on in some kind of way."
Stay tuned for more information regarding the details of Herc's illness. In the meantime, donations for his surgery can be sent to Kool Herc Productions PO Box 20472 Huntington Station, NY 11746 or via PayPal to [email protected]