Just last month Hip-Hop celebrated 40 years since it got its start in the Bronx, NY by Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc and his sister Cindy C when they threw a back to school party in the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue on August 11, 1973. The playing style that Herc thought of that night changed the way music would be played and laid the foundation for a culture that eventually took the world by storm. The video below is an interview of him explaining how it all came about.
Not long ago, the Father of Hip-Hop fell ill and had surgery for kidney stones. After a couple of operations he's currently doing ok, but donations will still help in further recovery. Like many others who live here in America, Herc didn't have health insurance. For those who have already contributed, he sends his sincere gratitude through the website that was created to help collect donations from the Hip-Hop community. We salute you DJ Kool Herc, the DJ of all DJs!