The Hip Hop community was saddened and shocked when DJ Premier revealed that the founder of Hip Hop DJ Kool Herc was suffering from health problems. Although Herc’s health has since improved, his trials put a spotlight on the problems that many Americans face in dealing with the health care system.
Now, another of Hip Hop’s icons has spoken out on health care. Dres of the legendary Native Tongues group Black Sheep recently talked with SiriusXM’s Backspin about Kool Herc’s recent health issues.
“How dare us have these affluent careers that we all stand on today and look down on the world from and not make sure that this man is sincerely taken care of,” he said. “It’s embarrassing…it doesn’t make a different who you are, I will ask from Puffy, to Jay-Z, to 50 [Cent], to whoever. What are we doing for this man?”
A number of Hip Hop’s top musicians have already taken it upon themselves to aid DJ Kool Herc in his tim of need. According to Above Ground Magazine, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Diddy and Russell Simmons have all contributed to Herc’s charity fund.