Lovebug Starski

Hip-Hop is mourning the death of rap pioneer Lovebug Starski who passed away Thursday in Las Vegas after suffering a heart attack at age 57.

Lovebug is commonly regarded as one of the forefathers of the hip-hop genre, alongside legends like Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, and has been credited with coining the phrase "hip-hop".

Chuck D is among the stars paying tribute to Lovebug, real name Kevin Smith, on social media and in interviews on Friday.

The Public Enemy star, 57, told, "Lovebug Starski was A DJ, MC and innovator. 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."

Chuck added, "He DJ'ed for the great MCs and MC'ed with the great DJs. Besides Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lovebug Starski was one of the few that took his legendary street records status into the recording world."

DJing at New York's Disco Fever Club in the 1970s, Lovebug played a key role in taking hip-hop mainstream by releasing singles under the name Little Starsky in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Lovebug's stage name was inspired by the American television series "Starsky & Hutch," which premiered on ABC in 1975.

  • Nophace

    I wonder how many new artist know who this guy is?!?! Hmmm Rest peacefully!!!

  • iWasteTime

    R.I.P Sir!

  • IamKing

    hip-Hop has the most middle aged people die of heart attacks. Lawd. RIP.

  • You Could Never

    "Peace to Ron G, Brucie B, Kid Capri Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starski"
    Juicy/The Notorious B.I.G.

    RIP to him.

  • Roderick2011

    He was just beginning his 2nd Saturn Return.

    I guess he didn't take care of the underlying health issues that caused his heart attack.

  • Crazy tee

    He sure did mention his name in “Juicy”

  • gro$$

    RIP. Way too young to die.

  • Karen Brady

    Funkmaster Flex Love bug Starski..I'm blowin up like you thought I would??RIP Lovebug!!

  • MissHarlem

    This one hurts ??

  • TawnyDelux

    Damn this is a hurtful one

  • PhillyFacts

    Juicy was the first thing I thought about as soon as I saw this article. WOW... RIP

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Rest in peace.

  • Yardgirl

    Awww RIP sir. You will be missed!

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  • teather

    Damn! another one?? SMH RIParadise Starski