Miami Music Legend Clarence Reid, a.k.a Blowfly, has passed away at the age of 76 in Lauderdale Lakes. Blowfly became influential for his witty and lewd music, as well as his songwriting for Miami Label TK Records.
Reid had terminal liver cancer and had entered hospice care on Tuesday after suffering multiple organ failure, according to his Facebook page.
Reid also allegedly helped shaped disco’s sound by pairing singer Harry Casey with members from local Bahamian act, the Miami Junkanoo Band, to form KC & the Sunshine Band.
Blowfly’s early songs are considered some of hip-hop’s first records, and his music was influential to other rappers like 2 Live Crew.
“Without Blowfly, there would be no Luther Campbell,” Campbell told the Miami Herald in 2004.