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February 14, 2011 | | Comments 9

Where Art Thou Hip Hop?

kool-hercIn the religious folklore that is Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc is the Father, the author of Genesis.  Every time you nod your head, admire the rhythmic marriage of two disparate beats, kick a drunken freestyle, or watch your favorite athlete hit The Dougie after scoring, you have Clive Campbell to thank.  If Hip Hop made any sense, every culture junkie would adorn their home with a shiny, brass relief of the revolutionary DJ. Yet, despite Herc’s legacy, Hip Hop has tragically failed its founding father.

This week news spread of Kool Herc’s unfortunate health condition.  As he painfully battles kidney stones without the financial resources to pay for proper treatment, P. DitchMe and Ricky Rogaine are bragging across the internets about dropping a milli on well deserving skripper booties.  Every other wealthy beneficiary of Hip Hop is gearing up to host parties and pay 400% club inflation for overpriced bottles of bubbly during Super Bowl weekend.  Yes, the man who made it possible for Negroes to get rich while spreading the Gospel of Hip Hop writhes in pain, while his ungrateful grandchildren gallivant and wipe their asses with the 10K he needs to pay for his surgery.

WTF is wrong with Hip Hop culture?  This is not how you honor a founding father of the movement that defines your life.  Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grand Wizzard Theodore should live in palaces with 200 foot monuments erected to honor their noble contributions to society.  The blatant disregard Hip Hop has for its heroes reveals why it has devolved into nothing more than irrelevant conjecture and highfalutin niggadry.

Until Hip Hop gets its head out of its ass, YOU can perform your civic duty to ensure that Kool Herc receives his just due reward. After all, he only developed the best thing that’s happened to YOU since… since… since LIFE!  Before you turn on your iPod or roll your next paper plane to Wiz Khalifa, make sure to donate to the man who made it all possible –  DJ Kool Herc HERE.  If you don’t donate go ahead and smack your own kufi off, you filthy heathen.

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  1. Hey. I just stumbled into your page while browsing Google . Ive saved it. Ill definitely be back. I was wondering, have you watched the new Shrek movie yet? I know this is from left field. I need to stop by the video store and rent it tonight. Its great. Bye.

  2. C. Broadus says:

    I think this post is dumb and I find it offensive. Say what you will, but if you were in dire straits it would be up to you to figure out your next moves. Charity and donations are a man’s prerogative and right not his obligation. Furthermore, Diddy and even to an extent Rozay are people to be admired and emulated (when it comes to revenue stream diversification) Hip Hop/music are first and foremost a means of supporting oneself for the artist and are a tool for reaching others SECOND.Your reaction to their commodity(art) is your own, but do not for a moment delude yourself into thinking that music and other forms of expression aren’t a commodity first. Success or Failure of a product is predicated simply by market desire, not by being real or not. Clown.

  3. JSoul says:

    @C Broadus
    This isn’t about whether one is required to do something…it is about what you SHOULD be moved to do. If we don’t take care of our elders who will…especially one who gave unconditionally when there was not millions or billions of potential monetary gain. True lovers of the CULTURE NOT COMMODITY of HIPHOP would acknowledge this man’s gift to anyone who claims to be an artist in this genre. Money is not real, it is a piece of paper which we believe has value, but is merely a means of trade…but that’s another story. Health, culture and community are real and more important than any market value. I hope those who appreciate it, can remember when radio didn’t play rap music and have profited from it(i.e. KRS ONE, RUN DMC) will be creating some type of beneficial events to assist the Godfather of HIPHOP.

  4. I am a big fan of Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grand Wizzard Theodore!

  5. T. Charles says:

    The hip hop culture is a unique tradition in itself. Revolutionary music and a form of protest to the mainstream music.

  6. Timothy says:

    The Hip Hop culture should be declared an intangible world heritage.

  7. While I agree with @Broadus about personal responsibility, there’s also general empathy and caring; being a benevolent member of the human race that also understands gratefulness. I hope this has been rectified.

  8. Rene Rolland says:

    @ Dirk Kirkland, Always making sense.

  9. Yhang says:

    Pou Khlaing, Why didn’t you mention about MAKING ORIGINAL MUSIC! It’s such a good optpnourity to inform the producer! If you want to make it international, you better have the original music! DON’T EMBARRASE KHMER! 0

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