Hip-Hop Producers Battle Cancer
- Words: Tomas Palermo
Russian-born, U.K.-based hip-hop producer DJ Vadim, of Ninja Tune and One Self fame, and London's Sean McCaffrey, a.k.a. Quincey Tones, who's worked with the likes of Lil Wayne, Little Brother, Royce da 5'9", Apathy, and Talib Kweli, have gone public with their battles against cancer. Vadim is recovering from ocular melanoma, while McCaffrey was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor and is now in remission.
According to a post on his MySpace page, Vadim found out about his condition at St. Bartholomew's hospital in London on Friday, September 5, 2008, after flying in from a gig in Cologne, Germany the night before. He opted for surgery in a Liverpool hospital that removed his tumor and saved his eye. However, he has a long recovery ahead and is still in need of our thoughts and prayers.
Vadim has, graciously, and with a notable sense of humor, recounted his experience in a series of blog posts.
Producer McCaffrey was moved by Vadim’s situation, having also battled cancer, and recorded a track in his honor titled
"Don't Go Away - An Ode To Vadim." "Anyone that knows Vadim is welcome to record on this, as well as any MCs who have an ill loved one. Everybody else, please say a prayer," McCaffrey said.
McCaffrey’s new Quincey Tones album is inspired by his illness. "The concept deals with the condition. When it's completed, hopefully I can find a label that will be willing to donate some of the proceeds to cancer research."
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