Larry Smith, the man responsible for Run-D.M.C.’s simple and crushing sound, has died. The longtime rap insider Combat Jack spread the word on Twitter after speaking with Smith’s family. Smith was 63. Smith, who grew up in Queens, started out as a session musician. In 1979, he played bass on “Christmas Rappin’,” a single from the early rap star Kurtis Blow. He would go on to play bass on and co-write many of Blow’s songs, including “The Breaks,” one of the first rap singles ever to make a dent on the American charts. Through Blow, Smith met Russell Simmons, who was then Blow’s manager. And together, Simmons and Smith would produce a couple of singles for Jimmy Spicer, including the influential and oft-sampled “Money (Dollar Bill Y’All).” But they’d find their greatest success when they started working with Simmons’ brother’s group, Run-D.M.C.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats are finally showing the world their youngest child, Genesis. Alicia uploaded a black and white family portrait on Instagram featuring their two month old baby boy along with their eldest son Egypt, 4 and Swizz’s son Kaseem Jr, 8, from his first marriage to Mashonda. With all the males minus Genesis donning tuxedos, Alicia, who was rocking a turban and appliqué gown posted on Instagram in the caption: