Russell Simmons Reveals Veteran Hip Hop Producer Robert Ford Jr. Has Died

Veteran Hip Hop producer Robert “Rocky” Ford Jr. died on Wednesday (May 20), according to longtime friend and mentee Russell Simmons. In a statement sent to HipHopDX, the Def Jam Recordings co-founder praised Ford for his vision and unrelenting love of Hip Hop. In 1979, Ford left Billboard Magazine where he was working at the time to produce Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin’” single with fellow Billboard employee J.B. Moore. The single went gold and subsequently, Blow became the first MC to sign a deal with a major label, Mercury Records…

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