The hip-hop community mourns the man who coined the genre name itself.
Bronx DJ, MC and hip-hop pioneer Lovebug Starski died at age 57. According to numerous sources and friends, his cause of death was a sudden heart attack last night (Feb 8) while in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A contemporary of Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa, Starski was a respected MC and DJ known for his ability to both at the same time. He was known for the signature phrase “Hip-Hop-you-don’t-stop” with “hip-hop” being a term he’s credited with creating. Starski is also one of the local legends The Notorious B.I.G. references in his iconic opening verse to ‘Juicy’.
Many artists in the hip-hop community have paid tribute to Starski this morning. Read some below.
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) 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
Damn. RIP Lovebug Starski. 😞
— Crime Rhyme Houdini (@JustBlaze) February 9, 2018
Yesterday HipHop lost another one of its True Pioneers.. R.I.P. Love Bug Starski
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) February 9, 2018
This song made me believe anything was possible. When I met you I looked up to you & you didn't disappoint me. You were as cool as I hoped you would be. Rest in power Love Bug. I salute you & respect you OG. You paved the way😢 #LoveBugStarski #IBelieve #YouGottaBelieve #HipHop pic.twitter.com/ZMnCss5WeU
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) 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
Hip-hop pioneer Lovebug Starski has died, aged 57