If DJ Kool Herc hadn’t experimented with turntables and break beats in the mid 1970s, there wouldn’t be a Jay-Z, Lil Wayne or Rick Ross today. DJ Kool Herc’s genius creation served as the basis of what we now call hip-hop.
At 55, Kool Herc is suffering from complications of kidney stones and is unable to pay his hospital bills because he doesn’t have health insurance. Kool Herc has called for the hip-hop community to help.
Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Diddy and Rick Ross should all step up and take care of Kool Herc’s hospital bills. Each artist has earned millions because of Kool Herc’s invention.
Jay-Z brags about spending $30 million; Lil Wayne owns a $1.2 million car; Diddy bought his teenage son, Justin, a second $360,000 Maybach; and Rick Ross recently spent $1 million in a strip club to celebrate his birthday.
Hip-hop’s most affluent are obligated to do what’s right.
Kool Herc’s condition should also cause young Republicans to take a more critical look at the repercussions of opposing universal health care. Republicans and Tea Party members are adamant about repealing President Obama’s historic health care bill. But the notion that the poor and uninsured should continue to be unable to afford medical treatment under our nation’s health care system is an inhumane idea that stems from political posturing. –amir shaw