Scott La Rock
Scott La Rock

Birth name

Scott Monroe Sterling


2 March 1962
The Bronx, New York, United States


27 August 1987 (aged 25)
The Bronx, New York, United States


Hip hop


Disc jockey, producer

Years active




Associated acts

Boogie Down Productions

Scott Monroe Sterling (2 March 1962 - 27 August 1987), better known by his stage name Scott La Rock, was an American DJ and a founding member of the hip hop group Boogie Down Productions. While working as a social worker, he met rapper KRS-One at a shelter where KRS resided. The pair formed Boogie Down Productions with D-Nice, a cousin of the shelter's security guard. Their 1987 debut album, Criminal Minded, is considered a classic hip hop album.

Sterling was fatally shot while attempting to defuse a confrontation. Sterling died in the operating room at Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx, New York City within one hour of being shot. Sterling's death played a role in KRS-One founding the Stop the Violence Movement. Sterling has one son named Scott Sterling Jr.

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