On Friday December 20th, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., a health-care information networking forum will be held at Newark Symphony Hall on Broad St, called Healthy HipHop. The Hip Hop “Kulture” will be celebrating its 40th Year Anniversary in 2014. The organizer believe the health is is a civil right and affordable Care Act, can be a integral part of improving lives and health of this generation. The culture that in the 1990s lost its brightest stars to gun violence has in recent years seen a series of notable rappers die of drug- and health-related causes. Most Hip Hop citizens have little or no Heath care coverage. Many artist and Hip Hop citizens have died or are ill with sicknesses and diseases that could have been prevented or alleviated if they would have had healthcare coverage.Since 2011, hip-pop pioneer Heavy D, singer and rap chorus specialist Nate Dogg and New York rapper Tim Dog all died of ailments in their 40s. Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly was found dead last week in Atlanta of a suspected drug overdose at 34. Some of the genre’s elder statesmen say they’re worried about the culture’s focus on youth, current emphasis on freewheeling partying and “you only live once” ethos, as popularized by Drake’s 2011 hit “The Motto.”
“Hip-hop being a lifestyle “kulture” … a part of American culture, you have to be mindful that somebody is going to grow old, age,” said rap pioneer Melle Mel. “At some point somebody has to realize that hip-hop has to learn how to grow up. It’s way too juvenile and it’s been that way for too long.”
The 51-year-old rapper, who memorably warned in 1982’s “The Message” about urban youth who “lived so fast and died so young,” said he suffers chronic bronchitis from being around marijuana and cigarette smoke when he was performing. Of course, heavy drug use in hip-hop or rock is hardly new: Cowboy of his Furious Five group died in 1989 “basically from getting high,” Melle Mel said.
“It’s not really worth it to literally party yourself to death. It’s like committing suicide,” he added. “You have to choose between what makes you feel good and what makes you think you feel good.” Other influential rappers who’ve died in their 30s in the last decade include Southern rap pioneer Pimp C and Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol Dirty Bastard, both from drug overdose.
Lifestyle isn’t to blame for all fatal health problems in hip-hop. Smooth-voiced Midwesterner MC Breed died of kidney failure in 2008 at age 37. Soulful producer J Dilla died in 2006 at age 32 of complications from lupus. Cancer killed rappers Guru in 2010 at 48 and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys last year at 47.
Two of the genre’s top stars, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, have inadvertently focused attention on the issue. After he was hospitalized for multiple seizures, 30-year-old Lil Wayne told a Los Angeles radio station in March that he’s an epileptic. Rick Ross, 37, has also suffered seizures and said he’s trying to improve his health.
As some of the genre’s more well-known figures hit their late 30s and 40s, they’ve figured out ways to keep up appearances in public while also keeping their health. 50 Cent said he rarely drinks alcohol anymore. That “bottle full of bub” he’s holding in nightclubs nowadays isn’t what you think.
“I want to live a good long healthy life. So I’m health-conscious,” the 37-year-old rapper-actor said. “You never see me drink. If you did see me with a bottle, it had ginger ale in it.”
Though he’s still a heavy marijuana smoker, Snoop Dogg said he stopped drinking alcohol at clubs six years ago after suspecting that a woman put the sedative Rohypnol – widely known as a “date-rape drug” – in one of his drinks.
“I used to drink alcohol as a fashion statement. If you in the club, they bringing you bottles, bringing you drinks. And you’re just drinking because you’re drinking. I don’t do that anymore. I drink water or cranberry juice,” he said. “I’m not cheap. I just don’t want to do this to my body anymore. I want to survive.”
Snoop, 41, said his focus on health comes from his desire to remain competitive and relevant to a genre that’s largely focused on youth.
Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America joined forces to release a series Hip Hop songs for a Healthier America, Doug E Fresh, Dr. Oz, and Senator Cory Booker.
The goals of its sponsor organizations are; to create a strategic partnership alliance with healthcare providers; to assure a Health conscious America; to provide information about the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) which gives Hip Hop Americans the opportunity to have access to healthcare that is affordable and sufficient for a healthy lifestyle; and to create a sustainable Hip Hop healthcare movement in the Hip Hop Nation that focus upon healthy lifestyles and acquisition of affordable healthcare
Easy A.D. (Hip Hop Heathcare Instructor at Harlem Hospital & The Legendary Cold Crush Brothers)
Ernie Paniciolo (Hip Hop Photographer)
The 3 Doctors (Newark New Jersey Medical Physicians)
James Mtume (Musician & Radio Host)
Kool DJ Herc (Father of Hip Hop Culture)
Chuck Creekmur, (Allhiphop.com)
Rah Digga (Hip Hop Artist)
Host : Dr. Chris Pernell
Deejay: DJ Wallah, D.J. Antoine Qua, and DJ Lil Man
Topics: 1. Get Healthy Hip Hop
2. Hip Hop Health Care Union
3. Hip Hop Citizens need for Health Care
4. Hip Hop Artist and individuals in Hip Hop who died from not having Health Care
5. Hip Hop Artist and Hip Hop Citizens who have health challenges and need healthcare
6. The purpose of The Affordable Health Care Act (Obama care) and access for Hip Hop
For additional information please contact, Project Manager- Jah Jah Shakur : 908.548.7652 / firstname.lastname@example.org