US rapper Clarence Reid, aka ‘Blowfly,’ dead at 76

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Clarence Reid, the American R&B artists best known by his stage name Blowfly used when performing explicit raps, has died, his manager said Sunday. He was 76. Manager and drummer Tom Bowker posted to Reid’s Facebook account, writing that “the genius known both by his given name and as Blowfly, the Master of Class, passed peacefully today.” On Tuesday, Bowker wrote that Reid had entered hospice care due to terminal liver cancer and multiple organ failure. Reid was a songwriter for Miami label TK Records, where he wrote soul and funk songs in the 1960s and ’70s for big-name artists before coming up with his Blowfly character, Rolling Stone said. Blowfly’s sexually explicit lyrics spanned soul to hip-hop and he is considered “one of the earliest rappers,” the magazine said.

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