Pioneering Hip Hop Artist Captain Rock Has Died

hiphopdx May 16, 2021 hip hop 445
Pioneering Hip Hop Artist Captain Rock Has Died

According to Van Silk, pioneering Hip Hop artist Captain Rock, who first DJ'ed for Andre Harrell's duo, has passed away.

December 23, 2020 Captain Rock was a regular at Harlem World, a club owned by Jack Taylor AKA Fat Jack. Taylor also owned Tayster and Rojac Records, which he ran out of Harlem World from 1979 until 1984. They recorded the late Luvbug Starskisfirst single produced by David MacDonald nicknamed Mighty Whitey. Other acts on the label included Harlem World Crew and Lady Smiley. Harlem World and Jack Taylor are featured in the latest issue of Wax Poetics, which talks about the impact both had on Hip Hop. Jack Taylors real contribution was discovering the rap group, Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, the article states. The late Andre Dr. Jeckyll Harrell would form Uptown Records, the label that would lay the blueprint for the fusion of R&B and Hip Hop. He would have a huge hand in the slick, soulful style that would be a trademark of the music until this day. Signed to NIA Records, Captain Rock dropped Cosmic Glide in 1982, The Return Of Captain Rock in 1983 and Cosmic Blast in 1984. After a long hiatus, he teamed up with Ol Skool Flava to release To The Future Shock, which included his biggest hits. Van Silk estimates Captain Rock was around 60 at the time of his death, but no cause has been revealed. Par for the course, tributes are popping up on social media. HipHopDX sends our condolences to all those who loved Captain Rock AKA Ronnie Green. Check out some of the reactions below. RIP Captain Rock Such sad news today I first heard this track back in 1983, when I bought Streetsounds Electro 1 on cassette back in 1983. I have never heard anything like it at the time the electro beats the flow the style . Read more

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