Herc, DJ Kool
- Katrina D. Thompson
disc jockey, hip-hop innovator, musician, and producer, was born Clive Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica, the eldest of six-children of Keith Campbell, a community activist and head foreman at a wharf garage from Kingston, and Nettie Campbell, from Port Maria, a city on the northern coast of Jamaica. As a child Clive Campbell fell in love with the active dancehall reggae culture of Jamaica and would often follow the local disc jockeys to watch them set up their sound systems before performances. Political instability in Kingston led the Campbell family to move to the affluent city of Franklyn Town In search of financial and educational opportunities for her family Nettie Campbell migrated to the United States and worked as a dental technician while studying nursing in New York She frequently sent money to her family in Jamaica along with records of the new ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.