Kool Herc

Kool Herc

Contrary to reports that DJ Kool Herc is gravely ill, the hip-hop pioneer’s family said Monday that he has “serious kidney stones” that require a surgery he can’t afford.

“He’s been in terrible pain for months,” said Herc’s sister Cindy Campbell. “The doctors say they’ve got to come out, but we just don’t have the money.”

Fans of the legendary turntablist grew deeply concerned when reports that he was “very sick” with an undisclosed illness emerged over the weekend.

“\[He\] who we call the father of hip-hop, Kool Herc, is not doing well,” DJ Premier announced on his Sirius XM radio program on Friday.
“Since he’s very sick and has no insurance … \[He\] needs to pay his bills so he can get out of the hospital.”

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Eric Roberson Gets Second Grammy Nomination

Eric Roberson Gets Second Grammy Nomination

Grammy® nomination Re-peat for Indie Soul King Eric Roberson

Best Urban Alternative Performance nomination bestowed two years in a row for tracks from critically acclaimed release Music Fan First !

Soulful Singer/Songwriter Eric Roberson is earning his breakthrough one show at a time. The New Jersey native who is known in music circles as The King of Independent Soul, regularly logs 200+ performances a year and after 15 years, the music industry is finally starting to notice. Having released seven albums- six of them independently, and writing hit songs for a stellar list of artists like Jill Scott, Will Smith, Musiq Soulchild, 112, and Charlie Wilson, Roberson’s talents have just begun to be acknowledged by The Recording Academy. This year “Still” from his critically acclaimed Music Fan First release (Blue Erro Soul, 2009) receives a Grammy® nomination in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category. This year’s unanticipated honor comes on the heels of Roberson’s first career nomination last year for “A Tale Of Two(featuring Ben O’Neill and Michelle Thompson).”

“Last year’s nomination introduced me to The Recording Academy in a more meaningful way. We put so much into this album I’m so appreciative that my fans have kept it alive, yet we never anticipated receiving this blessing two years running. It’s extraordinary when your work is recognized by your peers.”

– Eric Roberson, on receiving his second Grammy®Nomination

Eric Roberson continues his red hot appearance schedule including the monthly Sol Village showcase at SOB’s in New York. Not one to rest on his laurels, Roberson is currently recording his as yet untitled eighth album to be released summer 2011.

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