RIP: Legend LoveBug Starski dead at 57; LL Cool J, Chuck D and more say goodbye

Hip-Hop is woefully bidding its final farewell to one of the culture’s most unsung pioneer’s, Lovebug Starski.

On Thursday, the Bronx native, born Kevin Smith, suddenly passed away in Las Vegas, multiple sources have confirmed.

He was only 57.

Often credited for coining the term “Hip-Hop,” Starski launched his music career in the 70s, serving as a DJ at the BX’s infamous Disco Fever Club, and later releasing popular singles “GangsterRock” and “Dancin’ Party People.”

Lovebug Starski

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Though his cultural contributions sometimes went unrecognized, Starski’s name has often been linked to other rap forefathers, including Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy’s Chuck D.

“Lovebug Starski was A DJ, MC and innovator,” Chuck told HipHopDX. “A pioneer who excelled before and after the recording line of ’79, the year when rap records began. He was the first double trouble threat in Hip Hop and rap music.”

Starski’s name will continue to ring loud throughout the annals of Hip-Hop as he’s been given due props on Biggie Smalls’ timeless classic, “Juicy.”

A number of prominent figures have taken to social media, sending their love and respect to the fallen music mastermind.

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By: Asia Grace

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