It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of two highly influential figures in dance and hip hop music over the weekend.
DJ Rashad Hanif Harden (pictured, left), key innovator in the world of Chicago footwork, was found dead in his apartment Saturday afternoon. He was 34. Though an autopsy Sunday proved inconclusive, police say drugs and paraphernalia were found on the scene. DJ Godfather, who was slated to perform with Rashad Saturday night, broke the news via Twitter:
R.I.P. to my long time friend DJ Rashad. Great friend & producer. I loved all the music we released over the years. U will be missed!
— DJ Godfather (@DJ_Godfather) April 27, 2014
DJ Rashad was the founder of Chicago’s Teklife crew and a longtime affiliate of Hyperdub Records, who released his full-length Double Cup in late 2013. His final release, the We On 1 EP, is out today via Houston-based label Southern Belle. Read Hyperdub’s official statement here.
In other news, old-school hip hop hitmaker DJ EZ Rock (born Rodney Bryce, pictured right) also passed over the weekend. Details are currently scarce and the cause of death is unknown, but his longtime musical collaborator Rob Base broke the news on Facebook, writing: “R.I.P. Skip (DJ EZ Rock) friends since 4Th grade I’m really going to miss you.”
Alongside Base, EZ Rock was best known for the 1988 hit single It Takes Two. Check out the music video below: