Keith LeBlanc


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Musician, Drummer

Keith LeBlanc was one of the first drummers who used his funk music background to create beats that helped popularize hip-hop music. Keith was there in the beginning and while working for Sugar Hill Records worked with many of the pioneers of hip-hop including The Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash and Force MDs. Early into his studio career, Keith also began producing records resulting in the albums Stranger Than Fiction and Malcolm X: No Sell Out among others. His riffs have been sampled for hit records by dozens of artists over the years and his style is often referenced by drummers who give Keith credit for influencing their own careers. At the very heart of all that he did in music was the little four-year-old who beat out rhythms on his mother’s furniture.