Jimmy Spicer, the influential Rush Management signee behind the 15-minute 1980 cut "Adventures of Super Rhyme (Rap)," has launched a crowdfunding effort after receiving an "advanced cancer" diagnosis.
"I have been diagnosed with advanced cancer," Spicer said in a statement. "I have a tumor in my lung and a tumor in my brain. I am currently undergoing radiation therapy for the tumor in my brain. I now need chemotherapy for the tumor in my lung. Please with your help and prayers I can fight this."
Spicer's GoFundMe has a goal of $100,000. The crowdfunding request has received a growing amount of support from longtime fans and fellow artists alike, including Kurtis Blow, who sampled Spicer's aforementioned "Adventures of Super Rhyme (Rap)" on his 1984 Ego Trip cut "AJ Scratch."
Other notable Spicer cuts include "Bubble Bunch," "Money Can't Buy You Love," and "Money (Dollar Bill Y'all)." During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year, Snoop Dogg shouted out Spicer when asked about his early influences. "The first artist that made me love rap music was an artist named Jimmy Spicer, he had a song called 'Super Rhyme,'" Snoop said. The Spicer classic, Snoop added, ultimately inspired him to pen his very first song at "probably about 11 or 12," the never-released "I'm a Poet."