Bronx Hip Hip pioneer and DJ, Lovebug Starski, has passed away at the age of 57 at his home in Las Vegas.
Starski began his career in the 70’s with songs like “Gangster Rock” and “Starski Live at the Disco Fever.” At the epicenter of earliest beginnings of Hip Hop, sonically, his influence and flow could be heard for years to come!
Amongst a plethora of DJs, Premier was one of the first DJs to comment on Starki’s death.
“We Lost One Of Our Greatest Pioneers Of Hip Hop. ‘LOVEBUG STARSKI’. 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’…
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
Fellow pioneer Chuck D also made a statement regarding the deceased MC. “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. He DJ’ed for the the great Macs and MC’ed with the great DJs. Besides Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Lovebug Starski was one of the few that took his legendary street records status into the recording world.”
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) February 9, 2018
He will most definitely be missed. We’re sending our condolences to Lovebug Starski and his family. Thank you for your contribution to the Culture….. A True Legend RIP.
— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) February 9, 2018