When Jheric Hizon, a member of the local Bboy crew Now or Never found out that New York’s DJ Kool Herc was hospitalized and in need of some financial assistance to pay his medical bills, he immediately contacted some fellow hip-hop heads to host a fundraiser.
The Big Payback fundraiser (named after a classic track by EPMD, a duo also considered among the pioneers of hip hop) will be held at W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova St, in Vancouver, B.C., on April 10, 2011.This will be an all-ages event from 2-7 p.m. that will feature all the elements of hip hop: Bboying/Bgirling, MCing, DJing and graf writing. A $10 minimum donation will be collected at the door, with all proceeds set to be donated to the Kool Herc Fund. More info on the fund can be found at www.djkoolherc.com
Thankfully, Kool Herc is out of the hospital. However, Hizon says “the Vancouver hip hop community would still like to pay tribute to Kool Herc and the other hip-hop pioneers that paved the way for what we do today.” And although The Big Payback was inspired by Kool Herc’s unfortunate situation, organizers say should the need to raise funds for another pioneer occur again, this might not be the last you see of The Big Payback! That’s how much the local community recognizes how indebted they are to their East Coast forebears.
What: The Big Payback Fundraiser
Where: W2 Storyeum, 151 W. Cordova St.
When: April 10, 2011
Time: 2pm – 7pm (all ages event)
Ticket: $10 minimum donation at the door.