The hip-hop world suffered a loss this past week, when legendary DJ and rapper Lovebug Starski died. He was just 57 years old.
According to NPR, the pioneer (born Kevin Smith) suffered a heart attack in Las Vegas, though further details are unknown.
Lovebug Starski was one of a core group of DJ pioneers, alongside DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizard Theodore.
Hailing from Bronx, New York, he is said to have helped coin the actual term “hip-hop”. He was even referenced on classic hit singles, including The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” an Q-Tip’s “Life Is Better.”
Many figures in the hip-hop community mourned Starski’s death, including producer DJ Premier, Just Blaze and Rob Base.
Damn. RIP Lovebug Starski. 😞
— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) February 9, 2018
— Rob Base (@Robbasemusic) February 9, 2018
We Lost One Of Our Greatest Pioneers Of Hip Hop…
He Is Also Known As One Of The People Who Came Up With The Name "HIP HOP" Aside From Another Legend "Keith Cowboy" Of "The Furious 5"…
Salute To All The Pioneers and Condolences To His Family.#HipHop pic.twitter.com/AH4bNrSIOg
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) February 9, 2018
Rest in Peace to one of the pioneer originators of Hip Hop the BX legend Lovebug Starski.
— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) February 9, 2018