Matt Dike, founding father of Scrumptious Vinyl, has died after a battle with salivary gland most cancers. He was 56 years outdated.

Scrumptious Vinyl could not have the model familiarity of a Dangerous Boy or a Rocafella Information, or the underground clout of a Rawkus Information, however the upstart label was one of the seminal of the early rise of hip-hop. With out pop-leaning jams like Tone Loc’s “Wild Factor” and Younger MC’s “Bust A Transfer,” each Scrumptious releases, a lot of the mainstream music world could by no means have been uncovered to rap, and the nascent style would nonetheless be radioactive to sponsors and programming administrators who noticed a bit an excessive amount of “ghetto” in early rap productions.

Dike had an enormous hand in not simply these songs, but additionally within the creation of the 1989 Beastie Boys album, Paul’s Boutique, which famously mashed up genres like rock, pop, and punk with rap, proving the style’s range and flexibility. His work as a DJ included working with a younger Ice-T, his work as a producer concerned serving to Brian Wilson of The Seashore Boys craft a rap music, and as a label proprietor, he was capable of make Scrumptious Vinyl an extremely profitable enterprise, one of many first actually profitable rap labels. Because of his withdrawn nature and site on the West Coast, he’s typically missed in rap histories, however rap simply wouldn’t be what it’s right this moment with out him, and hip-hop tradition has misplaced a real legend.

Hip-hop luminaries who’ve paid tribute embrace Questlove of The Roots, DJ A-Trak, Nick Catchdubs, and Egon of Rappcats.

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