SAN FRANCISCO — A veteran of the 80s hair music scene in San Francisco, Randy Roberts, a.k.a.
“Randy the Rapper,” died Tuesday at his home in Santa Clara, said his wife, Kim Roberts.
Roberts was 82.
Roberts’ body was taken to the hospital.
Roberts’ son, Randy, also a longtime music producer, said he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last year and was living with the disease.
Randy Roberts is the only surviving member of the original 80s R&B/hip-hop group R&L.
He and his bandmates — including the late R&A executive/producer Ricky Ross, who died last year at age 78 — recorded more than 200 albums and more than 150 compilations.
Their hit single “The Party’s Over” became the first Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1980 and spawned a TV series.
Roberts joined the R&Bs in 1981.
He later made his name producing hits for the likes of Snoop Dogg and The Ramones.
In 2012, he and his longtime partner of three decades, the late John “Red” Redman, formed the legendary band The R&R Band.
Redman passed away in May at the age of 91.
The banda el recluso is a short and thin hair band that has been worn by people in Mexico for more than three decades.
It has become a symbol of the people’s resistance against the drug cartel, which controls much of the country.
The bandana is popular with many Mexican youth and the government has used it to promote itself.
But some people have criticized it, saying it is a sign of disrespect for the country’s indigenous people.
Last month, authorities arrested seven people after authorities discovered that some of them had bandanas that had a tattoo of a starfish.
A local man was charged with possessing and distributing bandanas.
In a video posted to Facebook, a bandana-wearing man wearing sunglasses said the bandana symbolizes the power of the banda, a symbol in indigenous culture that says people are a part of a collective.
The man, identified only as Luis, said he was protesting against the bandanas and for the right of the indigenous people to be respected.
He also said that the bandas were meant to represent a person’s power and that they symbolize the power that comes from one’s work.
“They are symbols of the strength of the power, the power to take on the power,” he said in the video.