Lovebug Starski, Rap Pioneer Who Popularized Term 'Hip-Hop,' Dead at 57

Kevin Smith, the Bronx DJ and rapper known as Lovebug Starski who is often credited with coining the term "hip-hop," died Thursday at 57 following a heart attack in Las Vegas. His daughter, Tiffany, confirmed Smith’s death to Rolling Stone.

Smith was among a core group of DJ pioneers, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizard Theodore, who

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Lovebug Starski, Rap Pioneer Who Popularized Term 'Hip-

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