Hip-hop forefather and seminal producer Larry Smith has died on Thursday night, as reported by radio host Combat Jack. He was responsible for producing Kurtis Blow‘s “Christmas Rappin’” and “The Breaks,” Run-D.M.C.‘s first two albums with Def Jam founder Russell Simmons, and two albums by Whodini. These, along with many others, were records that were both classics on their own at the time and also strong influences for future works by other renowned artists. In 2007, Smith suffered from a stroke which left him unable to speak. On Twitter, Rev. Run sends his condolences: “Rip to the greatest hip hop producer of all times….Larry Smith.” May he rest in peace.