Scott La Rock
Scott La Rock

Birth name

Scott Monroe Sterling


(1962-03-02)March 2, 1962
The Bronx, New York, U.S.


August 27, 1987(1987-08-27) (aged 25)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.


Hip hop


Disc jockey, producer

Years active



B-Boy Records (1986-1987)

Associated acts

Boogie Down Productions

Scott Monroe Sterling (March 2, 1962 - August 27, 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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