Legendary Rap Producer Suffers Stroke


Larry Smith, the seminal producer for acts like Run DMC, Kurtis Blow and Whodini, has suffered a stroke that has hospitalized him.

The debilitating stroke has rendered the 50-something Smith bedridden and the St. Albans, Queens native is currently unable to speak, according to close friend/rapper Duane “Spyder D” Hughes, who is 47 years old.

“The doctor’s prognosis is 85% [likelihood] of a full recovery,” Spyder D told AllHipHop.com.

Although he has never been in the limelight, Larry Smith is considered by many to be Hip-Hop’s first super producer as he churned out a number of groundbreaking songs and albums in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s.

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