Seminal producer Larry Smith has died. The news was first reported last Friday morning on Twitter by Reggie Ossé aka Combat Jack, host of ‘The Combat Jack Show’. “Just spoke to his family. R.I.P. Larry Smith, the original King of Beats who passed away last night”, he wrote. Although official details on the cause of death are currently unavailable, Smith was recovering from a stroke he suffered in 2007, leaving him partially paralyzed and unable to speak.
Born in 1951 in St. Albans, Queens, Lawrence Michael ‘Larry’ Smith attended Andrew Jackson High School while honing his musical talents in his spare time. He taught himself back then how to play bass by listening to James Brown records, eventually performing with other musicians, before hitting the road during the 70’s while with Jerry Washington, among others.
In 1979, he got enlisted to play bass on the then-emerging rapper Kurtis Blow‘s debut-single ‘Christmas Rappin” which Queen would sample soon after on ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, followed by work on ‘The Breaks’ then on Blow‘s first 3 albums. He would soon after partner with a young Russell Simmons and help mold Run-D.M.C. into musical icons, co-producing their 2 first albums, 1984’s ‘Run-D.M.C.’ and 1985’s ‘Kings Of Rock’. Meanwhile he would produce on his own two albums for Whodini in 1984 (‘Escape’) followed two years later by ‘Back In Black’. He’s also remembered for his contribution on The Fat Boys‘ eponymous debut album on which he played his usual instrument and helped to compose the hit single ‘Jail House Rap’.
Thereafter a few reactions left on Twitter…
Larry Smith was hip hop's first super producer. His family wants him to be remembered through his music. RIP Larry Smith— Podcast Papi 🇭🇹 (@Combat_Jack) December 19, 2014
Rip to the greatest hip hop producer of all times.... Larry Smith. Produced my biggest and most significant hits..— Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom) December 19, 2014
R.I.P- Pioneering Hip Hop Producer Larry Smith— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) December 19, 2014
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With Love & Respect!