By: TR Phillips
DJ Scott La Rock, also known as Scott Sterling, was one of the pioneers of hip-hop and a member of the iconic rap group Boogie Down Productions. He was considered one of the most influential DJs of his time and was known for his innovative production sound that helped shape the sound of hip-hop in its early years. On August 27, 1987, just months after the release of Boogie Down Productions’ debut album “Criminal Minded,” DJ Scott La Rock was tragically murdered, sending shockwaves through the hip-hop community and beyond.
DJ Scott La Rock’s death marked one of the most devastating moments in hip-hop history, predating the similarly shocking death of Tupac Shakur. It was a loss that was deeply felt by fans and fellow artists alike, who mourned the passing of a talented and influential figure in the genre.
At the time of Scott La Rock’s death, it was considered the most shocking in hip hop, as the genre was still in its infancy. Contemporaries and magazines of the time paid homage to the fallen DJ and his influence on the genre. The hip-hop magazine The Source described Scott La Rock as “one of the greatest DJ’s and producers of all time,” while rapper Kool Moe Dee referred to him as a “legendary pioneer” of the genre.
Despite his premature death, Scott La Rock’s influence and legacy live on through his music and the impact he had on the hip-hop community. As the African proverb states, “when a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.” Scott La Rock’s music continues to inspire new generations of hip-hop artists and fans, and his legacy as a visionary producer and DJ will continue to endure.
DJ Scott La Rock’s production sound was characterized by its use of hard-hitting drums, energetic basslines, and sample-heavy beats. He was known for his innovative approach to production and was widely regarded as one of the most skilled DJs of his time. His legacy continues to influence the sound of hip-hop to this day, with his innovative techniques being used by contemporary producers and his music serving as an inspiration to future generations.
“South Bronx” – Boogie Down Productions
“Criminal Minded” – Boogie Down Productions
“Remix for P Is Free” – Boogie Down Productions
“My Philosophy” – Boogie Down Productions
“The Bridge Is Over” – KRS-One
“The P Is Free (DJ Premier Remix)” – Boogie Down Productions
“Jack of Spades” – KRS-One
“Edutainment” – Boogie Down Productions
“C.I.A.” – KRS-One
“Stop the Violence” – Boogie Down Productions