Hip Hop is Mourning Lovebug Starski of Sudden Death
#DXCLUSIVE: Public Enemy's Chuck D recalls the late Hip Hop pioneer.
Hip Hop pioneer Lovebug Starski passed away suddenly in Las Vegas on Thursday (8 February), in agreement with several comments on social media. He was 57.
Born in the Bronx, was born in 1960 and was one of Hip Hop's earliest MCs. He also helped to coin the phrase "Hip Hop". In 1978, he became a DJ at the Disco Fever Club, and has released several singles such as Little Starsky, including 1979's "Gangster Rock" and 1981's "Dancin' Party of the People."
Despite the fact that he never received the recognition he deserved, his name is often mentioned in the same breath as fellow Hip Hop pioneers Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash.
Chuck D, who told HipHopDX Starski died of a heart attack, was a longtime friend of the Public Enemy brain.
"Lovebug Starski was A DJ, MC and innovator," said Chuck DX. "A pioneer who excelled before and after the recording line of '79, the year in rap records began. He was the first to issue a double threat in the Hip Hop and rap music. He DJ ed for the great mc and MC-ed with the great Dj. In addition to Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lovebug Starski was one of the few that had his legendary street status records in the recording world."
Tributes have begun pouring in for Starski.
Take a look at some of the posts below.
A terrible news: hip-hop legend, Lovebug Starski has died suddenly and unexpectedly in Las Vegas, at the age of 60. ☹️ Very sad. The man was a talented player, a warm, generous soul. He had been rocking Vegas places and joined KRS-One on stage last week. Rest in peace good man. pic.twitter.com/kHggNAbIsS
— Jonathan Shecter (@SheckyGreen) February 9, 2018
We have Lost One Of Our Greatest Pioneers Of Hip Hop..."LOVEBUG STARSKI".It Is also Known As One Of The People Who Came Up With The Name of "HIP HOP" to one Side Of Another Legend "Keith Cowboy" Of "The Furious 5"...I Greet All The Pioneers and Condolences To His Family.#HipHop pic.twitter.com/AH4bNrSIOg<