R.I.P. Roc Raida
Roc Raida – The Adventures Of Roc Raida… (Mixtape, 1997)
Roc Raida died today.
The word legend gets thrown around a lot on this site and probably a lot of those times it’s undeserved, but Raida was a goddamn legend in the fully italicized sense. There really was not a more inspiring figure on the turntablist circuit. The above routine made me want to be a DJ and the news of his death stings much harder than I ever would have anticipated. I imagine anybody who ever put masking tape on a copy of of Bionic Booger Breaks is feeling the same way right now.
Update: A statement from Roc Raida’s family -
“Anthony Williams p/k to the world as The Legendary Grand Master Roc Raida has passed away unexpectedly today Sept 19 2009. He is survived by his wife, 3 lovely daughters, mother and friends. Raida was recently in an mixed martial arts accident, something that he has been practicing for several years. Although he had under gone 2 surgeries with great success, was released to an inpatient physical therapy facility and was in great spirits the past few days. This morning he started to have complications and passed. The family asks for privacy at this time.
Update: Roc Raida Memorial Service details after the jump –
Thursday September 24th
MT Nebo Baptist Church
1883 Adam Clayton Powell JR Blvd (7th Avenue) & 114th St.
Harlem New York
10am – 12:30 – viewing
12:30- 3pm – service
I’ve been commiserating on IM with CB extended familia Bob Bannister and he nicely summed up Raida’s appeal:
“he was a special character
the x-men were so inspiring
to come from that hood environment
and be able to make turntablism sound and look like that
plus they were just badasses
the piklz were like the video game nerd math whiz assholes in your class
and the x-men were like the kids really good at rapping who would take your lunch money
but would also smoke you out
and raida in particular was such a soft-spoken seemingly chill ass cat
really hurts man”