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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/31/2011

DJ Kool Herc ill, needs medical help; Avant-garde composer Milton Babbitt passes away; Nicki Minaj does "SNL"

By David Malitz

dj kool hercOne of hip-hop's founding fathers needs some help. (Scott Gries/Getty Images)

- Hip-hop founding father DJ Kool Herc is currently suffering from a serious illness and doesn't have health insurance and can't pay his bills, all according to DJ Premier as told on his Sirius XM radio show. The 55-year-old DJ, whose real name is Clive Campbell, is accepting donations to cover his expenses.

- Milton Babbitt, an avant-garde composer and innovator of the electric synthesizer, died at the age of 94.

- Nicki Minaj was all over "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. In addition to the usual two songs allotted to a musical guest she appeared in two other skits, including the new Lonely Island song "The Creep."

Clicky shuffle: Your random song for Monday morning:

- Beach House, "10 Mile Stereo"

By David Malitz  | January 31, 2011; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  DJ Kool Herc, Milton Babbitt, Nicki Minaj  
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