Friday, December 19, 2014

R.I.P- Pioneering Hip Hop Producer Larry Smith Dies!

Here Larry Smith far left with RUN DMC

At 9:30 am this morning Hip Hop Pioneer Kurtis Blow just alerted me of Larry Smith Death. Over the years Larry has suffered a few strokes. We like to send our love out to a great Man who was respected for his work and kindness.
You can leave a message on his Facebook Page

Larry Smith Final Interview with Spyder D/ Fab 5 Freddy 

For those who don't know his contributions to Hip Hop here is his wiki Info

Lawrence Michael "Larry" Smith (born 1951-2014) is a pioneering African-American musician and hip hop record producer. He is best known for his co-productions (with Russell Simmons) of Run-DMC's Run-D.M.C. (1984) and King of Rock (1985) and his solo production of Whodini's Escape (1984) and Back in Black (1986)
It is a measure of Smith's creative range that he could work simultaneously with the decidedly dissimilar Run-D.M.C. and Whodini. The former was rock-oriented, the latter leaned toward R&B—or as the critic Tom Terrell suggested, "Smith envisioned Whodini as the luxe Cadillac Seville to Run-D.M.C.'s Electra 225 hooptie.
Smith's work has engendered not just critical esteem, but popular success. In the month ending February 23, 1985, both Run-D.M.C. and Escape were certified gold by the RIAA, as was the Fat Boys' eponymous debut album, on which Smith played bass and helped to compose the hit single "Jail House Rap." These were among the very first hip hop albums to be certified for Gold-level sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 1987 Whodini's John "Ecstacy" Fletcher described Smith as "the Quincy Jones of rap. In 2010 Run-DMC's Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels claimed, "Larry Smith's musical arsenal equals Dr. Dre's." In 2009, the producer DJ Premier placed Smith first on his list of Top-5 Dead or Alive Producers, ahead of Marley Marl, Quincy Jones, James Brown, and Rick Rubin.

Larry Smith grew up in St. Albans, Queens, New York and attended Andrew Jackson High School. He taught himself to play bass by listening to James Brown's records. Eventually, Smith did all kinds of session work, played punk-rock, jazz, and blues, then logged stints in the house band of more than one musical.
In 1979, Smith was recruited by his old friend Robert "Rocky" Ford, then an aspiring record producer, to play bass on Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'." Smith went on to co-write and to play bass on other Blow recordings such as "The Breaks" (one of the first hip hop records to crack into Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and achieve Gold sales status)"Hard Times," "Tough," "Day Dreamin'," and "The Deuce."
It was while working with Blow that Smith met Blow's manager, Russell Simmons. By 1982, the pair was producing records together, starting with a couple of singles for the rapper Jimmy Spicer: "The Bubble Bunch" (1982) and "Money (Dollar Bill, Y'all)" (1983).The latter has been sampled no less than 15 times, including by De La Soul ("Bitties in the BK Lounge," 1991), Maino ("Hi Hater," 2009), and Kanye West ("Eyes Closed," 2010). Retitled "Money Money," the song was covered in 1987 by the Jamaican toaster Reverend Badoo, who gave it a dancehall reggae treatment. (In 1985 Smith produced "Roots, Rap, Reggae" for Run-DMC and guest artist Yellowman. It was one of the earliest rap-reggae collaborations.) It was also covered by Coolio in 1997.
It was also in 1983 that Smith teamed up with guitarist-deejay Davy DMX and drummer Trevor Gale in a group called Orange Krush. Its one single, "Action," was very influential, not least because of Gale's stark and funky drumbeat. Before the year was out, Smith had transferred the beat to a drum machine, added some handclaps, and bestowed a name on the result: Krush Groove. He proceeded to apply the Krush Groove as a foundation to four of Run-DMC's early singles: "Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1)," "Hollis Crew (Krush-Groove 2)," "Darryl & Joe (Krush-Groove 3)," and "Together Forever (Krush-Groove 4).



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