Robert Ford Jr., an Early Force in Hip-Hop, Is Dead at 70
He chronicled the scene when it was new, then went on to mentor some of its most important early figures, including Kurtis Blow and Russell Simmons.
RIP, Robert Ford Jr., pioneering chronicler of hip-hop. A May 1979 Billboard article by Ford provides early
citations for "rap" as noun and verb. (Ford actually wrote about the performance style in 1978 in Billboard but didn't use the word "rap.")