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Biography

  • Born

    16 May 1960

  • Born In

    The Bronx, New York, New York, United States

  • Died

    8 February 2018 (aged 57)

Lovebug Starski (Kevin Smith, The Bronx, New York, U.S., May 16, 1960 – February 8, 2018) was an American MC, musician, and record producer. He began his career in 1971, as hip-hop first appeared in the Bronx, and he eventually became a DJ at the Disco Fever club in 1978. He is one of two people who may have come up with the term "hip-hop".

Starski recorded his first single, "Positive Life," on the Tayster record label in 1981, sampled by the British Group MARRS with the single number one : Pump up the Volume in 1987. Later he recorded a song for the soundtrack of the 1986 film Rappin', which was released on Atlantic Records, before recording his first album, House Rocker, on Epic/CBS Records. This featured his most successful chart single, "Amityville (The House on the Hill)," a parody song named in reference to the film The Amityville Horror (itself based on alleged supernatural activities surrounding the DeFeo murder case) was a #12 hit on the UK Singles Chart in 1986.

Lovebug Starski and World Famous Brucie B also worked together at the Rooftop Roller rink in Harlem during the 1980s. In the 1990s, Starski began DJ-ing again with his friend DJ Hollywood.

Starski died in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 57.

He left behind three daughters Shantel Sha’Lise Williams from the Bronx NY and two other daughters from New York.

Discography

Albums
House Rocker (1986)

Singles
"Gangster Rock" (1979) (as Little Starsky)
"Dancin' Party People" (1981) (as Little Starsky)
"Positive Life" (1981) (with Harlem World Crew)
"Live At The Fever" (1983) (On Fever Records)
"Live At The Fever Pt.2" (1983) (On Fever Records)
"You've Gotta Believe" (On Fever Records Also) (1983)
"Do The Right Thing" (1984)
"House Rocker" (1985)
"Rappin'" (1985)
"Amityville (The House on the Hill)" (1986)
"Saturday Night" (1986)

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