Kool Herc Calls on Rappers to Help Save 1520 Sedgwick

At a press conference in the Bronx on Tuesday (January 15), the legendary DJ Kool Herc called on the rappers of today to reach into their pocketbooks to help the residents of a cultural landmark. As previously reported, the tenants of 1520 Sedgwick have been fighting a battle to keep rents in the building affordable after the property’s owner announced that the property would be put it up for sale last year. Last July, the building was designated as being eligible for listing on the State and National Register of Historic Places, however the threat of new ownership and higher rents still loomed. At the end of last year, the owner and prospective buyer agreed to step away from the deal and allow the residents to purchase the building. While various city agencies and private investors have pledged millions to help subsidize the purchase, the tenants are still about $2.5 million short of the $14 million asking price. Standing in the building’s famous community room, flanked by Senator Chuck Schumer and “The First MC Ever” Coke LaRock, Herc implored “all the Queen Latifahs and Will Smiths” to contribute to the cause. “We’re asking all those guys you see in Forbes magazine that are living hip hop to recognize this building,” he told the New York Daily News. If the deal can be finalized, residents intend to turn the building into a limited equity affordable co-op.

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    Buy that crumbled up piece crap and then what?

    • ATL is a dumb a$$

      You dumb f*ck, they’d be saving a bunch of people from possible homelessness, that’s what.

      • ATL = All Trannies Live

        That’s yall problem. Nwords always want something for free. Everybody walkin around with his or her funky hands out. Unlike a lot of you youngsters I actually pay the taxes that allow them to live virtually rent-free. Yeah that’s right 1/3 of my check goes to Uncle Sam before I even see it. Do the math and you’ll figure out which tax bracket I’m in.

        The “Projects” weren’t meant to be permanent housing any d@mn way. It was meant to help people down on their luck and need some assistance for a couple of years. You’re not supposed to spend your entire life there.

        So screw’em. They need to get jobs and mortgages just like the rest of America.

        • i hate fags

          only a gay person would say some devilworshipping stuff like that

        • ATL = All Trannies Live

          Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth (Pr. 10:4).

          One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys (Pr. 18:9).

          God don’t like lazy people either dumb@ss.

    • Re-yo

      Do you have ANY knowledge about the Hip-Hop culture??????

      • ATL = All Trannies Live

        Do you know anything about accumulating wealth? You don’t accumulate wealth by bad investments and giving money to every Tom, Dick, and Harry that asks for it.

        Screw you and hip-hop. Get some real knowledge.

        • ill G

          co sign… “lets buy the bldg and keep ppl poor” GET UP, GET OUT, AND GET SUMTHIN!!!

        • Arcey

          They’re only 2.5 millions away from acquiring the building on a total of 14 millions… so I guess they did got up & got out & got somethin

  • Mr.Wang

    Yeah man lets get this crackin’ man 4real.

    I’m sure 50 cent, Jay-Z, and many others can give some bread.

    Save da buildin’ rich ass rappers….if you care for da people….and if not you ain’t real.

    • http://xxlmag.com 504boy

      I wouldnt give it a nickle if some of our bro’s and sisters are getting killed in front of it…. 504 til the meat sho

      • Mr.Wang

        Yeah I got what you sayin’.

        But I feel people should have affordable places to live.

        But you right, I didn’t think of that.

  • EReal

    ““The First MC Ever” Coke LaRock”
    ^
    *SMH*

    I think Herc is taking this Wayyyyy to personally.

  • HAYTA

    Those HNs don’t care about no one but themselves.

  • ron

    Herc is right on point, this is a just cause for anyone has been touched by hip hop culture. ereal should keep it quiet.

  • og bobby j

    maybe they should think about donating some money to the entire neighborhood and take it from the fucking dumps. Fuck i care about a bunch of low income housing residents….aint no body paying my rent. But fuck it, i guess these rappers will donate whatever they can right off in there taxes…

  • moresickaMC

    learn about dead hip hop in the museum

  • Rednose pit bull

    i feel him on this,but 14 million for that building? fuck that they could buy a brand new building for that…I understand why people want the building kept around,but it eems to me that building is way too old and the price tag is way to high..i agree that herc is takeing this way too personal..as far as what dude said about 50 cent and jay z helping out,you know thatll never happen,its not there hood,why would they spend all that hard earned money on that?

  • Flymasta

    THIS IZ MY OPINION IF THIS BUILDING GOES DOWN HIP HOP IZ OFFICALY DEAD

  • http://XXLMAG DUNFIYA

    ITS TRULY SAD AND YOU GET TO SEE THE TRUE INTEGRITY OF THESE ARTIST BUT TRUTH IS JAY-Z & 50 ARE NOT HIP HOP AND PROFIT OFF HIP HOP…THEY ARE EVERYTHING BUT HIP HOP,THEY ARE COMMERCIAL RAPPERS,FORBES,MTV CRIBS,PEOPLE MAGAZINE,GQ SPREADS,THAT S@#$ AINT HIP HOP YOUNGINS…UNDERGROUND MCing IS HIP HOP NOT WHAT YOU SEE ON TV,THATS WHERE THE TERM CAME FROM WHEN OLD SCHOOL ATRTIST SAW CORPORATE AMERICA WAS GONNA START PROFITING & EXPLOITING HIP HOP THEY WENT UNDERGROUND(VIA NO VIDEOS OR RADIO PLAY)

  • http://THENUMBERTOO.WORDPRESS.COM THENUMBERTOO

    1520 SEDGWICK IS MORE THAN PEOPLE GOIN HOMELESS, MORE THAN SAVING SOMETHING.

    IT’S KEEPING THE GHOSTS OF HIP HOP IN THOSE HALLS.

    I READ AND WROTE FOR YEARS ABOUT THE HISTORIC BIRTHPLACE OF HIP HOP THAT IS SEDGWICK AVE.

    KOOL HERC STARTED DOIN HIS PARTIES AND SHOWS THERE. AMAZING PIONEER. AMAZING BUILDING.

    THAT LIKE SOMEONE SELLING THE LAND WHERE THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION STOOD.

    IT MAKES NO SENSE. THERE IS A VALUE THERE THAT IS PRICELESS.

    NEVER LET THAT BUILDING GO, OR HIP HOP IS TRULY DEAD.

  • Trickdd

    NOT ONE PERSON EVER BROUGHT THIS BUILDIN UP IN ANY OF THERE COMMENTS NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WANNA TALK ABOUT THE PLACE ALL THE PEOPLE SAYN HIP HOPS GUNNA BE DEAD IF IT GETS RIP DOWN WHERE THE ONES SAYN HIP HOP IS ALLREADY DEAD I DONT GET YALL IF YOU WAS A NY NIGGA YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN SAYN HELP THIS PLACE OUT IN EVERY COMMENT BEFORE THEY EVEN POSTED THIS YOU SHOULD NO WHATS GOIN ON IN YOU NEIBORHOOD BEFORE ANYBODY

  • http://www.xxl.com vincent

    Atl u are a hypocrite. The only reason you want that place shut down is because it is in New York. You southerners show no love. If it wasnt for that building none of you would be rappers or making any money. Respect the culture and the heritage of this great genre. The same goes for u Trickdd.

  • http://www.xxl.com vincent

    Atl u are a hypocrite. The only reason you want that place shut down is because it is in New York. You southerners show no love. If it wasnt for that building none of you would be rappers or making any money. Respect the culture and the heritage of this great genre. The same goes for u Trickdd.

    • ATL = All Trannies Live

      Dude I’m glad they’re tearing down all the projects in New Orleans as well. And I hope they bring out the hoses when those bums try to stop them.

  • Trickdd

    GO SAVE THE SHIT THEN NIGGA I CANT DO NOTHIN ABOUT IT I DONT LIVE IN NEW YORK, WE GOT WORSE PROBLEMS THAN WORRYN BOUT A BUILDIN THAT THE FIRST RAP WAS EVER SAD BIG DEAL NIGGAS IS GUNNA BE RAPPIN FOR EVER WHETHER IT GETS TOUR DOWN OR NOT

  • Trickdd

    I SHOW NEW YORK LOVE BY THE WAY JUST NOT OVER THE INTERNET, THE NEW YORK NIGGAS ON THE INTERNET LIKE YOU THINK THEY NO A NIGGA AND WANNA GET PERSONAL ITS ALL GOOD THOUGH CUZ I NO ALL NEW YORK NIGGAS AINT BITCHES BUT YOU ARE

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Just hope it all works.

  • beatz23

    Kool got a point…All the Jay-Zs and Diddys need to show some respect for whats made them so filthy rich today.
    This doesn’t have to do with poverty or class issues..this is history

  • 954 Child

    Kool Herc is doin the right thing. Any rapper that wont contribute is a sell out.

  • http://www.XXLmag.com B Real

    Kool is doin the right thing. Any rapper that dosnt contribute is a sell out.

  • http://XXLmag.com B Real

    That building is hip hop history. Any rapper that dos’nt contribute is a sell out.

  • Trickdd

    KIDS/HATERS STOP TYPIN THE SAME SHIT WITH DIFFERENT NAMES HAHAHAHAHAHA FUNNY

  • Antruique89

    Omg i did not know about this
    i live right up the block from 1520 and a lot of my friends still live there.
    im only 18 (female) and me and my friends cherish the hip hop history that the bronx gave
    i hope all turns out well