Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Flying Lotus, Lupe Fiasco & Others Mourn Death of Reggae Legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

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Musicians around the world are mourning the loss of legendary Jamaican producer and a dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry, who died Sunday (Aug. 29) at the age of 85.

Artists like the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Flying Lotus, Lupe Fiasco and many others took to social media to pay their respects to Perry, whose pioneering accomplishments made him of of reggae’s most eccentric producer-vocalist.

“We send the most love and respect we can to Lee Perry who passed today, to his family and loved ones and the many he influenced with his pioneering spirit and work,” Mike D tweeted. “We are truly grateful to have been inspired by and collaborated with this true legend.”

“Blessed journey into the infinite,” Flying Lotus, whose real name is Steven Ellison, wrote on Twitter. “RIP Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.”

Rapper Fiasco also remembered Perry, tweeting, “AFRICAN BLOOD IS FLOWING THROUGH I VEINS SO I AND I SHALL NEVER FADE AWAY!!!!”

During his decades-long career, Perry built his legendary Black Ark studio in Kingston, which became the birthplace for many classic reggae and dub recordings by Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Congos, Max Romeo and Junior Murvin. Perry’s work on Romeo’s War Ina Babylon, The Heptones’ Party Time, The Congos’ Heart of the Congos and Murvin’s Police & Thieves helped push reggae to new international levels in the late 1970s.

Romeo remembered the late producer as a “genius in the truest sense of the word.”

“The first thing is, he was truly a producer; he didn’t just a sit in a chair in the studio and listen to what you got and record it. He joined in in the building of the thing,” Romeo told Rolling Stone after Perry’s passing. “He’s a genius in the truest sense of the word. Of course he was ahead of his time. His creations actually contributed to rap music, Protoje and Buju Banton’s music. He’s the best I ever worked with in my 55 years in the business.”

Mad Professor, a longtime collaborator of Perry, also remembered him in a lengthy tribute on Facebook.

“The end of an era! We first worked in the early eighties, recording several tracks and doing [several] tours, having many laughs, sharing many dreams… we spoke together with his wife a week ago…,” the dub producer wrote. “What a character! Totally ageless! Extremely creative, with a memory as sharp as a tape machine! A brain as accurate as a computer! We travelled the world together… Japan, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, All over the USA and Canada… and many more places. Never a dull moment! All the Bob Marley stories… all the Coxone Dodd stories!! And many more…”

See more tributes to Perry below.

few more important figures in the music of the 20th century. he expanded the vocabulary of studio sound; lived a long life & leaves a lasting legacy. play his music for your kids, see how instantly they love it. it’s universal. safe travels home to God. https://t.co/SvnQPpsa59

— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) August 29, 2021

His adventure continues beyond this realm pic.twitter.com/Ta3JWsXI7w

— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) August 29, 2021

AFRICAN BLOOD IS FLOWING THROUGH I VEINS SO I AND I SHALL NEVER FADE AWAY!!!!

LEE SCRATCH PERRY pic.twitter.com/Mv1xZyyRjp

— TAPE TAPE & HOUSE EP NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) August 29, 2021

Rest in peace king Perry,
total rebel , pioneer , and inspiration ,
May ur bass shake systems and souls forever ✊‍☠️#leescratchperry pic.twitter.com/oUYyhTLgf4

— The Prodigy (@the_prodigy) August 29, 2021

rest in peace lee scratch perry
https://t.co/sz0Q7Ql1VE

— jenny lewis (@jennylewis) August 29, 2021

you will be missed dear brother. the world is lucky you visited. there are few people who have inspired me more than lee scratch perry. rest in peace legend. pic.twitter.com/RWfjg2eBCU

— david andrew sitek (@DaveSitek) August 29, 2021

Rest in Power lee scratch Perry damn https://t.co/i8Wqldh6Dx bless

— anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) August 29, 2021

RIP to a King pic.twitter.com/gFE39C3gGj

— Matthew E. White (@matthewewhite) August 29, 2021

We send the most love and respect we can to Lee Perry who passed today, to his family and loved ones and the many he influenced with his pioneering spirit and work. We are truly grateful to have been inspired by and collaborated with this true legend.
– Mike pic.twitter.com/cmdcnI6hHT

— Beastie Boys (@beastieboys) August 29, 2021

Blessed journey into the infinite.
RIP Lee “Scratch” Perry pic.twitter.com/CBAoMTnfd0

— YASUKE (@flyinglotus) August 29, 2021

RIP #LSP pic.twitter.com/dPfyNn9f8F

— ‍☠️ Geoff Barrow ‍☠️ (@jetfury) August 29, 2021

Rest in peace our good friend Lee “Scratch” Perry.
He was the heart of our album “The Orbserver In The Star House”.

“The upsetter the dub original specialist & chemist of the most high . The disco devil has left Babylon , lee will be forever in my heart ” – Alex Paterson pic.twitter.com/DS9OF1tRDt

— The Orb (@Orbinfo) August 29, 2021

https://t.co/jcMQ9TkocV

— Saul Williams (@SaulWilliams) August 29, 2021

Rest in power
Lee Scratch Perry
Your sonic innovation changed music forever #blacktronika pic.twitter.com/o2mAXOf1lg

— KingBritt (@kingbritt) August 29, 2021

such sad news about the passing of the mighty and absolute visioneer Lee Scratch Perry.. I was so excited to have him on @WfSete in 2020… alongside Sherwood Mala and Jah Shaka… a night of imagined dreams passed…. but the music and source will live forever. RIP

— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) August 29, 2021

We send love, light, respect, our condolences to the LEGENDARY Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and his family and fans worldwide! May his soul Rest In Peace! pic.twitter.com/DGunmefBod

— Living Colour (@LivingColour) August 29, 2021

Lee “Scratch” Perry in his Black Ark studio, Jamaica, 1978. pic.twitter.com/EE3m1MRUNM

— Mark Farina (@djmarkfarina) August 29, 2021

Lee Scratch Perry RIP…the innovator and righteous Upsetter…wizard of Jamaican music…that drum n bass was LOUD boy.. brilliant man.. Thanx for the songs pal.

♥️ adam #leescratchperry pic.twitter.com/DJEnL3Fj4e

— Low Cut Connie (@LowCutConnie) August 29, 2021

RIP Mr. Lee “Scratch” Perry https://t.co/rc5hsRn7yw

— Damian Abraham (@leftfordamian) August 29, 2021

R.I.P. LEE pic.twitter.com/PT6Jc0Dm64

— Speedy Wunderground (@SpeedyWunder) August 29, 2021

Rest easy Lee scratch perry …play on mr. music …https://t.co/XKxOn0VQFy pic.twitter.com/xR8oaAqEC1

— simone marie (@simonemarie4) August 29, 2021

Goodbye lee -a life well lived https://t.co/fh33Rp12It

— mark stewart (@_markstewart) August 29, 2021

The pioneer of dub. Nothing was the same after him. LEE SCRATCH PERRY pic.twitter.com/4P6kwrAKfM

— LaMusicaDeHarryFraud (@HarryFraud) August 29, 2021

Lee Scratch Perry

— Daniel Avery (@danielmarkavery) August 29, 2021

RIP to the King. Lee Scratch Perry, gone but never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/M48Kd7IqoL

— Ghostpoet (@ghostpoet) August 29, 2021

hard to overstate the production brilliance of Lee “Scratch” Perry—he could get deeply weird but his choices worked on a purely musical level. This is one of my favorites, spent a lot of time living inside this production. RIP https://t.co/c8VF84j1BT

— Mark Richardson (@MarkRichardson) August 29, 2021

Lee Perry made the sound of the future and we still haven’t caught up. RIP Scratch! #leeperry pic.twitter.com/BwCo12GQ09

— The Coral (@thecoralband) August 29, 2021

RIP lee scratch perry too good for this earth

— Ryley walker (@ryleywalker) August 29, 2021

soul, classic soul, motown,