Hip Hop Pioneer Lovebug Starski Has Passed Away

blame it on Meka February 9, 2018

Mike G, KRS-One, Q-Tip & Lovebug Starski.

If it weren’t for Kevin Smith, we probably would have never heard of the term “hip hop.”

Better known as Lovebug Starski, the rapper and DJ passed away Thursday afternoon (Feb. 8) of a heart attack at his Las Vegas home, NPR reports. He was 57.

Lovebug Starski is widely credited with coining the actual term “hip hop,” during the late 70s. “Me and Kid Cowboy from the Furious Styles used to say it together,” he said in a 2006 interview with City Pages. “I’d say the ‘hip,’ he’d say the ‘hop.’ And then he stopped doing it, and I kept doing it.”

Many people, however, are familiar with Lovebug Starski when he was immortalized in The Notorious B.I.G.‘s classic single, “Juicy.”

Peace to Ron G, Brucie B, Kid Capri
Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starski
I’m blowin’ up like you thought I would
Call the crib, same number, same hood, it’s all good.

Several hip hop luminaries shared their condolences on Twitter.

Rest in paradise, Kevin Smith.