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.
RTE have announced the bands that they will feature on the All Access streaming platform.
In a statement on their website, the band have stated that they would like to be featured on the platform.
“The bands that have been featured on our RTE Bandcamp page are among the best of our genre and we look forward to working with RTE on a number of exciting collaborations, collaborations that we hope to share in the future.”
“We’re delighted to have the band in All Access and excited to collaborate with them as we always have,” the statement continued.
The band’s statement continues, “The band have always had an interesting history and we are looking forward to collaborating with RTV to bring you new music, new artwork and more of their incredible work.
It’s exciting to work with the band and we’re excited to see what we can create together.”RTE’s bandcamp page has been updated with the inclusion of the band.
Check out the band’s band page below and check out their video for ‘Mysterious Ways’.
The band will also be performing on the new All Access show The RTEs 10th Anniversary Tour at Dublin’s The Rock Hotel.
Tickets for the Dublin show go on sale on November 17 at 9am on Ticketmaster.