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Etats-Unis : Le rappeur Blowfly est mort

Clarence Reid, le rappeur mieux connu sous son nom de scène Blowfly, derrière lequel il scandait des paroles crues, est décédé, a annoncé son agent dimanche.

 

«Le génie connu à la fois sous son nom de naissance et en tant que Blowfly, le Maître de la Classe, est mort paisiblement aujourd’hui», a écrit son agent et batteur Tom Bowker sur la page Facebook de l’artiste.

La mort du rappeur, âgé de 76 ans, a été confirmée par son porte-parole, a rapporté le magazine Rolling Stone.

Mardi, M. Bowker avait annoncé que Clarence Reid était hospitalisé en soins palliatifs en raison d’un cancer du foie en phase terminale et de multiples défaillances de ses organes.

Paroles vulgaires

Reid a officié comme auteur pour le label de Miami TK Records, où il écrivait des titres soul et funk dans les années 1960 et 1970 pour des artistes de renom, avant de créer son propre personnage, Blowfly, relate Rolling Stone.

Passé au hip-hop en se faisant une spécialité des paroles vulgaires, Blowfly est considéré comme “l’un des premiers rappeurs”, selon le magazine.

L’artiste, qui se produisait masqué et en costume de super-héros à paillettes, s’est forgé un public de fidèles.

Blowfly a sorti en 1971 son premier album, «The Weird Wild World of Blowfly». Suivront notamment «Blowfly’s Party» (1980), «Fahrenheit 69» et «Blowfly’s Punk Rock Party» (2006).

Nombreux hommages

Le rappeur n’avait a priori pas prévu d’en rester là.

«Blowfly nous a offert un dernier album, intitulé 77 Rusty Trombones , qui sortira en février», a indiqué son agent.

Des personnalités de la musique lui ont rendu hommage dimanche.

«RIP et respect pour l’ORIGINAL. ‘Blowfly», a tweeté le rappeur Ice-T.

Flea, le bassiste des Red Hot Chili Peppers, a aussi réagi sur Twitter: «J’ai eu le grand privilège de jouer avec BLOWFLY. Tellement de joie. RIP Clarence Reid.»

(afp/nxp)

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A True Legend: Clarence “Blowfly” Reid Has Passed Away At 76

Just a few days since Clarence “Blowfly” Reid‘s manager, Tom Bowker, announced online that the raunchy genius was suffering from terminal liver cancer, it appears that the artist has succumbed to his affliction.

He was only 76 years old.

The word came from his manager, who used Blowfly’s official Facebook page to announce the passing of his dear friend, client and musical collaborator. Reid was placed into hospice care last week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after it had been revealed that his cancer was life-threatening.

With over 50 years in music, Clarence “Blowfly” Reid was originally a soul singer in the mid-1960s, releasing Dancin’ With Nobody But You Babe in 1969. He would also be known for his songwriting, as he penned songs for legends such as Sam & Dave, Betty Wright, KC & the Sunshine Band, Bobby Byrd and others.

It wasn’t until 1971 when Reid debuted his caped and comically profane persona of Blowfly with his studio debut, The Weird World of Blowfly, which contained several explicitly-themed parodies of R&B songs. From “My Baby Keeps Farting in My Face” to “Shitting On The Dock Of The Bay,” Reid was ahead of his time and rightfully earned the title of rap and hip-hop’s raunchy forefather.

Bowker, who was there through it all, released another statement via Facebook to fans, friends and family of Blowfly:

“His sister Virginia and I thank you for all the love you have shown this week. We also thank you for supporting Clarence’s 50 + year music career – — especially these last few years. We love you and will keep you informed on services and tribute performances in Clarence’s honor.”

Acts like Ice-T, Pete Rock and Red Hot Chili Pepper‘s Flea all have paid respect on Twitter to Clarence “Blowfly” Reid. Blowfly was ahead of his time in more ways than one, as the 76-year-old had recently completed an album titled 77 Rusty Trombones, which according to Tom Bowker, will be released sometime next month.

For a generation that might not be familiar with Clarence “Blowfly” Reid, and want to get hip, check out one of his most notoriously uproarious party tracks, “Blowfly’s Rap” below.

Pay your respect to Blowfly on Twitter!