Over the past couple of days the health of Hip Hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc has made headlines throughout the Hip Hop world.

Late last month DJ Premier revealed that Herc had been hospitalized with kidney stones. He also explained that Herc’s visit to the hospital has taken a financial toll on the legendary DJ and his family.

Following his release from the hospital Kool Herc has now taken to raising awareness of the many issues plaguing this country’s healthcare system.  

“We live in one of the superpowers of the world!” said Kool Herc in a statement to MTV News. “‘Give me your tired, your poor … ‘ and then you don’t take care of them? There should be no weak ants in the colony. There shouldn’t be anyone fighting for health care! This has been going on too damn long!”

“Now we are fighting for health care not just for me, but for everyone,” said Herc. “I see this situation as another quest for me to shine light on a sensitive issue for the community. I’m an instrument of God. I’m here for a purpose and I want to be here for the solution.”

Although Herc has been released from the hospital he still requires a surgery for his condition. A PayPal account has been setup by his sister to accept donations for Kool Herc; donations can be sent to cindycampbell1@aol.com. Checks can also be mailed to Kool Herc Productions at PO Box 20472 Huntington Station, NY 11746.