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November 4th, 2011 By Mike Breen | Music | Posted In: Local Music, Music News

Help for a Local Hip Hop Icon

Fans offer assistance for prominent Cincinnati DJ Mr. Dibbs' Cirrhosis battle

Mr. DibbsMr. Dibbs (Photo: Brandon Showers)

If someone were to write a history of Cincinnati Hip Hop and didn't include at least a chapter dedicated to Mr. Dibbs, the tome would be about as useless as a Texas textbook. The DJ/producer's career stretches over two decades and his accomplishments have been wildly impressive (click here for CityBeat's 2005 profile of the DJ). But Dibbs' career is currently on hold; Dibbs has been unable to work after being diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver and enduring extremely expensive (but necessary) treatment. Now, several fans are working together to help raise funds for the musician, trying to "help ease the financial pains while he deals with physical ones."

Calling itself PayItForward2MrDibbs, the group is using Facebook and other methods to help. Click here to find out how to donate through PayPal.

For those who don't care to use PayPal, there are also mailing details posted on the group's wall here. Dibbs has been providing updates about his treatments, surgeries and recovery on Twitter (friend him here).

Born Brad Forste, Dibbs was a founder of the turntablist collective 1200 Hobos, which worked with artists like Doeseone, Adeem and Buck 65; he was also one of the founders of Cincinnati's Scribble Jam, one of the most popular Hip Hop festivals in the country (R.I.P.). He has also been musically innovative, launching (with his wife) the Self Core Records label, which brought together Hip Hop with Hardcore, something he also did with his Turntable Hardcore releases and on collaborations, such as "Death Becomes Her/Grinder" with local Hardcore outfit Suffocate Faster (listen here). A member of the esteemed Rhymesayers family, Dibbs has been tour DJ for Atmosphere and El-P in recent years.

Aesop Rock has put out an unreleased track, "Thorns," featuring Slug (from Atmosphere) and the late Eyedea, to help the cause. Originally, it was intended to remember Eyedea, but Dibbs' developments spread the focus around: "When remembering those we have lost, we are reminded of those among us who have fallen ill," the site hosting the track says. Proceeds from the sale of the track will be donated to Dibbs. Click here for details and to hear the track.

Below, check out Dibbs rockin' a huge crowd with a mix of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" while on tour with Atmosphere.


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