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Hip Hop pioneer Lovebug Starski, dead at 57

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Multiple outlets are reporting tonight that Hip Hop pioneer Lovebug Starski suddenly passed away in Las Vegas today at age 57.

Chuck D, who told HipHopDX Starski died from a heart attack, was a longtime friend of the Public Enemy mastermind.

“Lovebug Starski was A DJ, MC and innovator,” Chuck told DX. “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.”

Tributes are pouring in on social media.

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