Musicians pay tribute to hip hop ‘forefather’ Blowfly

Flying Lotus, DJ Premier and Flea among those paying respects to influential comedy rapper

Following the news that Clarence Reid, better known by his stage name Blowfly, passed away earlier today (January 17) several musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to the influential artist.

Producer Flying Lotus shared a photo of one of Blowfly’s iconic masks on Instagram.

RIP Blowfly. Thanks for the insanity and the mask. @blowflyofficial

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Hip hop producer Just Blaze described Reid as a “forefather” on Twitter:

Aesop Rock was one of many rappers to pay their respects to Reid, who was often referred to as the ‘Godfather of Hip Hop’:

In his tribute to the late musician, DJ Quik described Reid’s music as “classically funky”:

DJ Premier thanked Reid for getting him through his formative years:

Red Hot Chili Peppers’s bassist Flea recalled once playing with Reid:

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Reid’s drummer Tom Bowker confirmed that the musician died after a battle with liver cancer.

Bowker confirmed that Reid’s final album ’77 Rusty Trombones’ will be released in February.