After retiring as a live DJ, Kool Herc fell into crack addiction after his father died. He was also discouraged after being stabbed in a local club trying to stop a fight. But despite his troubles, he came back in 1984 to star as himself in the hit movie, “Beat Street.” Now, his former neighborhood of Sedgwick Avenue is up for national registry as the birthplace of hip-hop.
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