Scott La Rock

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Scott La Rock
Birth nameScott Monroe Sterling
Born(1962-03-02)March 2, 1962
New York City, U.S.
DiedAugust 27, 1987(1987-08-27) (aged 25)
New York City, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Disc jockey, producer
Years active1986–1987
LabelsB-Boy Records
Associated actsBoogie Down Productions, KRS-One, D-Nice, DJ Red Alert

Scott Monroe Sterling (March 2, 1962 – August 27, 1987), known by the stage name DJ Scott La Rock, was an American hip-hop disc jockey and music producer from the Bronx, New York. He was a founding member of the East Coast hip hop group Boogie Down Productions.

Sterling's death in August 1987 is said to be the first murder of a major hip hop artist.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Scott Sterling was born on March 2, 1962, in the Bronx, New York City. His parents separated when he was four years old, so he was raised by his mother, Carolyn Morant, a municipal employee.[1] They moved from Queens, New York City, to the Bronx: first Morrisania and then Morris Heights.

He excelled in both academics and sports at Our Saviour Lutheran High School, graduating in 1980. He attended Castleton State College in Vermont and earned a varsity letter in basketball there.[1] He graduated in 1984.

As he realized that he would not become a professional basketball player, Sterling became more and more focused on music. At Castleton State, he used to DJ at Doogan's Bar on Friday nights with Lee Smith. He helped introduce the entire campus to music from New York City.

Career[edit]

La Rock returned to New York City in hopes of finding work and making inroads to the music industry. Through a connection of his mother's, Scott landed a job as a social worker at Franklin Armory Men's Shelter on 166th Street in the Bronx. At night, though, he spun records at the hip hop hot spot, the Broadway Repertoire Theatre.[1]

During his time as a social worker, La Rock met rapper KRS-One in 1986 at Franklin Men's Shelter where KRS resided. The pair formed Boogie Down Productions (BDP) with DJ Derrick "D-Nice" Jones, a cousin of the shelter's security guard, Floyd Payne.[1] The group's 1987 debut album, Criminal Minded, is considered a hip-hop classic.[2][3]

Shooting[edit]

On August 27, 1987, D-Nice was assaulted by men upset that he had been talking to one of their ex-girlfriends. D-Nice asked La Rock to help defuse the situation. Later that day, La Rock, Scotty "Manager Moe" Morris, DJ McBooo, D-Nice and BDP bodyguard Darrell rode a Jeep CJ-7 to the Highbridge Homes Projects[1][4] building on University Avenue in the South Bronx.[1] As they were leaving, bullets were fired through the side and top of the Jeep. La Rock struck his head on the dashboard, not realizing at the time he had been struck by a bullet in the back of his head.[4] He was driven to Lincoln Hospital. He was conscious as he was wheeled into the emergency department, telling doctors he was feeling cold and tired. He died in the operating room.

Two men were arrested and charged with La Rock's murder, but they were acquitted at the trial.[1]

Discography[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Callahan-Bever, Noah (August 27, 2010). "R.I.P. Scott La Rock – Remembering the BDP Legend 23 Years Later". XXL Magazine. Archived from the original on January 13, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "500 CDs You Must Own: Hip-Hop". Blender. Archived from the original on August 9, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2007.
  3. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 7, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Paine, Jake (November 15, 2016). "Just-Ice Reveals Vivid Details About The Day Scott La Rock Was Killed (Video)". AmbrosiaForHeads.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2018. Retrieved January 17, 2020.