The Legendary DJ Kool Herc Has Been Hospitalized

Pioneering hip-hop artist Kool Herc has been hospitalized

Pioneering hip-hop artist Kool Herc has been hospitalized because of a serious illness, friends say, and lacks health insurance to cover his medical bills.

The 55-year-old Herc (born Clive Campbell) is “very sick,” according to Sirius XM’s DJ Premier, though specifics about his condition have not been released. On his blog today, Premier has urged fans to make donations to Kool Herc via PayPal or regular mail.

Surge Desk hopes Herc makes a full recovery soon, and we’ve got five facts about the man who changed the way we listen to music.

1. He’s credited with inventing the breakbeat
While deejaying at parties in New York in the 1970s, Herc discovered that rooms went wild when he did a trick he called the Merry-Go-Round. This involved isolating a few beat-heavy bars from several records and playing them one after the other. He took this one step further by lining up two copies of the same album on his turntables so he could extend a single break indefinitely.

Watch Kool Herc explain how the Merry-Go-Round worked:

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2. He’s from the Bronx by way of Jamaica
Herc spent his early years in Kingston, Jamaica, listening to local reggae and dancehall superstars as well as his parents’ collection of American records. In 1967, when he was 12, Herc moved to the Bronx, where he immersed himself in New York radio stations and strove to acquire an American accent.

3. His name’s short for Hercules
As a student at Alfred E. Smith High, Herc excelled at athletics. Standing over 6 feet tall even as a teenager, he acquired the nickname “Hercules.”

4. Hip-hop started at his house
True hip-hop fans know this address by heart: 1520 Sedgwick Ave. That’s the high-rise apartment building where Herc lived in the Bronx, and it’s where he and his sister Cindy began throwing parties in the summer of 1973. Herc’s skills on the turntable lured crowds of teenagers to the building’s rec room, where he experimented with the sounds and beats that helped give birth to hip-hop. In 2007 New York declared 1520 Sedgwick “the birthplace of hip-hop,” a designation that makes the building eligible for state and national historic place registers.

5. His partner was one of hip-hop’s first MCs
Perhaps inspired by the Jamaican tradition of “toasting” (where DJs chanted or rhymed over records), Herc’s friend Coke La Rock helped hype the crowd at parties by improvising rhymes over the beats.

DONATIONS 4 KOOL HERC CAN BE SENT TO cindycampbell1@aol.com VIA #PAYPAL

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UPDATE:

REALDJPREMIER 4:17pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Just passing it on…..Herc Is out of the hospital….he’s home…


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Source: AOL News

Ghostface Finally Has A Video For His Apollo Kids Release

Check the video for 2Getha Baby and let us know what you think

It took Def Jam mad long to give Ghostface the video budget.  Apollo Kids has been out for a MINUTE… but never the less its here.

You can stop wondering why the music that you may want to hear doesn’t get play all around the globe.   If the record companies don’t invest in the artists it’s hard for the artist to get it going.   They probably thing Ghost is “washed up” but I’m sure that us… along with countless other hip hop enthusiast rock with Ghostface and bought, borrowed, downloaded, stole or other wise acquired Apollo Kids.  If you didn’t, you’re missing out.

Check the video for 2Getha Baby and let us know what you think.

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Blast It Or Trash It: Monopoly – Fly ft. Dow Jonez & Dawg Wonder

Money Stax and Word Life get together to form Monopoly

Money Stax (Vicious Cycle) and Word Life (StickUpKids) get together to form Monopoly and bring some good ol’ Hip Hop.   Lyrics play the forefront over some fresh beats as they bring you the Monopoly EP (full ep posted soon).    This track, Fly, features Dow Jonez and Dawg Wonder.

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Freeway Ricky Ross Talks Drugs / Government And Rick Ross

Freeway Ricky Ross talks about Rick Ross the rapper

Freeway Ricky Ross explains how he really feels about the drug game and how the government played a role in his position.  He also talks about Rick Ross and how he feels about him.

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50 Cent Gets WorldStarHipHop Shut Down?

50 Cent took credit for shutting down popular urban website, WorldstarHipHop.com

Rapper 50 Cent sent a tweet out to his 3,888,543 million followers and took credit for shutting down popular urban website, WorldstarHipHop.com.

The site went down without warning earlier today (January 24th).

Just moments ago, 50 Cent took to Twitter and took credit for the site’s disruption, squashing rumors that the site was seized by Homeland Security, like several other websites in November of 2010.

“I don’t know why people underestimate me. I just shut down WORLDSTAR for future advertising contact thisis50.com suckers lol,” 50 Cent tweeted. “I put worldstar to bed, you don’t believe try me I will shut your sh*t down. Lol.”

In November of 2009, 50 Cent filed a lawsuit against the website, claiming his image and content was used on the website without permission.

“I have lawyers on retainers and I have to pay them so much money anyway, so we’ll go back and forth to court until (they) can’t afford a Subway sandwich,” 50 Cent said in 2009. “It’s already too late for (them).”

Reps for WorldStarHipHop.com have not responded to a request for a statement as of press time.

50 issued an ominous prediction that may come true this week.

“I predict 2 more web sites will shut down this week. Take a guess who they are. I’m sick of the hate I’m to strong,” 50 Cent tweeted.

Source: AllHipHop

Blast It Or Trash It: LifeUnda – Brown Baby

Team TRIimph’s LifeUnda teamed up with LexZyne Productions and…

Team TRIimph’s LifeUnda teamed up with LexZyne Productions and is back at again.  This time he’s dropping a free project for you to enjoy.  This is a sampler of the entire mixtape, Brown Baby.

Blast It Or Trash It? Play the video and leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Blast It Or Trash It: Siege – Keep It Real

Siege observed his counterparts and gained knowledge and was greatly educated about…

Born on November 1st 1985 to parents of Black and East Indian descents, Siege was always recognized as a composed, humble being. He was blessed with artistic abilities in poetry, painting and visual arts. He was both respected and admired by his peers. Residing in the town of Belmont located in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In Willis Street he grew up amongst mixed influences, being exposed to the bright and dark side of life.  Siege observed his counterparts and gained knowledge and was greatly educated about the rules and ways of street life.

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Blast It Or Trash It: Vicious Cycle – You People

Vicious Cycle is a monumental team of two of the game’s most elite spitters…

Two females doper than any male duo you can ever think of.  Sounds a little far fetched, right?  A pair of females able to captivate and astound with wordplay, and incredible lyricism without stooping to the level of over-sexualization?  Even more far fetched.  Well, look no further.  Vicious Cycle or VC for short, is a monumental team out of the DFW area consisting of not just one, but two of the game’s most elite spitters, regardless of gender or image.

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Blast It Or Trash It: King Ra – Focus

Hailing from Jersey City King Ra has been writing rhymes since around 1991

Hailing from Jersey City King Ra has been writing rhymes since around 1991.

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It was’nt until around 1999 when he started making beats that he started taking music seriously without artists readily available it forced him to be the artist/producer.Cultivating & mastering his style over the past decade he bravely decided it was time to realease a project called “The Ra EPic”