|June 11, 1951 - December 19, 2014|
In news released on Twitter by Combat Jack, the hip hop world has unfortunately suffered another loss. Mr. Larry Smith, the original "King of Beats" and who also produced hits for such legendary artists like Run-DMC, Whodini and Kurtis Blow, has passed away. Prior to this I didn't know that he was living in a nursing home since suffering a stroke in 2007 (credit to XXL). My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.