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The hip-hop community at large was left stunned yesterday when news of the passing of the legendary Lovebug Starski came down. Starski, who was performing in Las Vegas recently, passed away at the age of 57.

Forever immortalized in The Notorious B.I.G.’s lead single “Juicy,” Starski was credited as one of the men who first coined the term “hip-hop.” He got his start as an MC in the Bronx in the 1970s, releasing popular singles such as “Gangster Rock” and “Dancin’ Party People.”

“Lovebug Starski was A DJ, MC and innovator,” Chuck D told HipHopDX. “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 great MCs and MC’ed with the great DJs. Besides Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Lovebug Starski was one of the few that took his legendary street records status into the recording world.”

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