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Read the STORY about the rise-and-fall of one of hip-hop’s greatest production pioneers.

Before his death on July 17, 1989, McKasty gained recognition for his work with notable artists such as Devo, Organized Konfusion, Kwamé, Queen Latifah, Biz Markie, Ultramagnetic MCs, Rahzel, and Eric B & Rakim. Complex called him “one of the most important figures in the development of sampling” and Questlove of The Roots called McKasty, “damn near the J Dilla of his day.”

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