Legendary Producer Larry Smith Passes Away

Just spoke to his family. RIP Larry Smith, the original King of Beats who passed away last night.— Reggie Ossé (@Combat_Jack) December 19, 2014 According to a tweet from hip-hop journalist Reggie "Combat Jack" Ossé, pioneering hip-hop producer Larry Smith has passed away. Smith, who was best-known for his work with Run-DMC and Whodini, had recently been in ill health. He suffered a stroke in 2007 that left him confined to a nursing home as a "ward of the state." Smith began his hip-hop career playing on one of the genre's earliest hits, Kurtis Blow's 1979 "Christmas Rappin'." He continued working with ...

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