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.