Family and Friends Rally to Kool Herc's Support

Family and friends come to Kool Herc's support, saying that many of the founding fathers of Hip Hop are in the same financial situation as him.

The Hip Hop world was devastated to learn that its fabled founder DJ Kool Herc was hospitalized with kidney stones. Although Herc is now out of the hospital with the necessary surgery completed, he still faces the financial ramifications of his operation. Now, his family and friends are hoping that his current turmoil will show people the troubles that many of the founding Hip Hop artists face in dealing with health care.

"This is just a disgrace that Kool Herc has to negotiate over the details of his health care," said former Def Jam Records executive Bill Adler. "People who are not performers think that the musicians they love have a big house, lots of cars and more money than they’ll ever know. The reality is that the majority of people who choose a life in the arts make a tough economic choice. They’re almost choosing voluntary poverty." (

Kool Herc's sister Cindy Campbell also revealed some further details about his ordeal. As DX reported earlier today, Herc has been suffering from kidney stones since October. She said that Herc had missed a number of appointments to remove a temporary stent due to inclement weather and illness. Although a hospital rep confirmed with the New York Times that hospitals sometimes ask patients to place a deposit on a scheduled appointment in order to ensure that they come to their meeting, Campbell says that the hospital has yet to give her brother any figures.

"[Herc] told me he asked [the hospital] to give him a figure," she said. "But nobody has given him any solid information." (

At the end of the day, Campbell says that the most important issue at hand is that many Hip Hop legends like Herc lack the funds to pay for health care.

"There isn’t any type of medical program for these artists. Maybe it takes a visible person like Herc for people to pay attention. Maybe we can help set something up. My brother and I were trailblazers. We tried to save the building [in which Hip Hop was founded, 1520 Sedgewick Avenue]. Now we’re going to advocate for plenty of other artists and have a program to assist them." (

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  • Anonymous

    While Rick Ross wasted a million dollars in a strip club this weekend, the father of hip-hop is having a serious medical problem without money to pay his bills. Jay-Z and all these money makers can atleast give something back, as hip-hop started here. They probably wouldn't have been in this position.

  • Bryant Carter

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  • Nico 3

    This is why you sell out, so when you get older and the career dips, you have the money in place to handle situations like these. Don't beg for fans to pay for your surgery.

    • Atl2Trill

      @Articulate1 Real shit. Canada too cold for me. Y'all have some bad ass women up there though.

    • Articulate1

      Its stupid comments like that which reveal why music and popular culture sucks so much these days...What a wack generation of sellouts with no backbone or personal integrity. All these filthy rich pop rappers should cut a check to all the pioneers who made it possible to rape this culture for profit. On a side note, the States is a lame place to live...come to Canada where health care is free and people have a higher standard of living.

    • insanemacbeth

      hip-hop is dead...fa reel. what sort of comment about the founding father is that, NICO 3?

    • Atl2Trill

      SMFH. Ignorance at it's finest.

    • Ddot DOuble

      You're a douchebag.

  • Reap

    That would be nail in the coffin of rap music. Kool Herc stay strong, your culture is with you.

  • Deadboy90

    I guess in the next couple of days we are gonna find out who the real dudes in hiphop are and who's an unappreciative asshole

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