(Larry Smith at Battery Studios in London, 1984 | Photo: Michelle Charters courtesy Akili Walker).
After ongoing health issues, pioneering producer Larry Smith has passed away. He crafted timeless tracks for Whodini , Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow , amongst others, and never really got the recognition he truly deserved. May he rest in peace.
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
Rest In Beats larry Smith Music In Your Heart hip Hop Was Your Gift to The World! No one does it better!
— Darryl McDaniels DMC (@THEKINGDMC) December 19, 2014
R.I.P. Larry Smith...One of my inspirations of a Producer from RUN-DMC, Whodini, Kurtis Blow, Orange Krush...A style like no other
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) December 19, 2014
Truly saddened by the Larry Smith news. One of my biggest inspirations and a huge reason why I make music. Rest in Peace, legend.
— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) December 19, 2014
I'm hearing Larry Smith passed away. Great musician and producer who paved the way for all of us. R.I.P.
— J-Zone (@jzonedonttweet) December 19, 2014
RIP LARRY SMITH 1st tru "hiphop" producer. There wld be NO RICK RUBIN had it not been for him. Run DMC SUCKER MC's best hiphop record
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) December 19, 2014
R.I.P. Larry Smith
— PETEROCK.COM (@PeteRock) December 19, 2014