Hip Hop Heroes

26 Oct. 2012

WAYNE ROBERTS REST IN PEACE 1950-2012


Wayne Roberts was a pioneering 1970s graffiti writer known as “Stay High 149” who borrowed the haloed stick figure from the title sequence of the 1960s television series “The Saint,” put a joint in its mouth and turned it around. His “Smoker” tag, or signature, turned the heads of legions of imitators and admirers, including the anonymous …

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26 Oct. 2012

KEITH /GURU/ ELAM REST IN PEACE 1961-2010


Guru has passed away yesterday morning (April 19) after a long battle with cancer.According to Solar, Guru suffered from the malicious illness for over a year and after numerous special treatments under the supervision of medical specialists failed, the legendary MC succumbed to the disease. Guru always tried to keep this harrowing diagnosis in private …

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26 Oct. 2012

SIGI VON KOEDING REST IN PEACE 1968-2010


Dare.TWS, also known as Sigi von Koeding, from Basel, Switzerland, died suddenly from cancer March 6, 2010. He was loved by all for his generous and kind ways, his unassuming manner, and his irrepressible sense of humor. His graceful wildstyle is characterized by his passion for precision and his masterful color sense. He carefully documented …

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26 Oct. 2012

MICHAEL /IZ/ MARTIN REST IN PEACE 1958-2009


 In the 1970s and ’80s, chances were good that anyone traveling the New York subways rode at least once in a car emblazoned with “Iz the Wiz.” Cryptic but euphonious, often abbreviated to the ultraminimal Iz, the signature could be seen all over the subway system: fat capital letters spray-painted on a door, below a …

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26 Oct. 2012

ANTHONY WILLIAMS REST IN PEACE 1972-2009


Roc Raida (AKA Anthony Williams) – hip hop icon and turntable pioneer – died , aged just 37-years-old. Differing stories surrounding his death have spread throughout the internet, but a representative for the DJ says that previous reports about karate and complications from a spinal injury were incorrect. The representative did say, however, that Roc …

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26 Oct. 2012

JAMES DEWITT YANCEY REST IN PEACE 1974-2006


James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006),better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. According to his obituary at NPR.org, he “was one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists, working for big-name acts like A Tribe Called Quest, De La …

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26 Oct. 2012

ARTHUR SHERIDAN REST IN PEACE 1977-2008


Arthur Sheridan (9 July 1977 – 4 December 2008), better know by his stage name Party Arty, was an American rapper . He died of undisclosed health complications. He was part of the rap group Ghetto Dwellas alongside partner D-Flow and signed with Get Dirty Productions.Party Arty appeared on various projects including D.I.T.C. (Diggin’ in the Crates Crew) and Showbiz & AG, debuting with three tracks on the …

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26 Oct. 2012

RUSSELL TYRONE JONES REST IN PEACE 1968-2004


Russell Tyrone Jones (November 15, 1968 – November 13, 2004)was an American rapper and occasional producer, who went by the stage name Ol’ Dirty Bastard, ODB, Ason Unique, Osirus, Rainman, and Big Baby Jesus. He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group primarily from Staten Island, New York that first rose to mainstream prominence with their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang …

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26 Oct. 2012

CHRISTOPHER LEE RIOS REST IN PEACE 1971-2000


Christopher Lee Rios (November 10, 1971 – February 7, 2000), better known by his stage name Big Pun (short for Big Punisher), was a Puerto-Rican American rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the late 1990s. He first appeared on albums from The Beatnuts, on the track “Off the Books” in 1997, and on Fat Joe‘s second album Jealous One’s Envy in 1995, on …

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26 Oct. 2012

JASON WILLIAM MIZELL REST IN PEACE 1965-2002


Jason William Mizell (January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002), better known by his stage name Jam Master Jay, was an American musician and rapper. He was the DJ of the influential hip hop group Run–D.M.C. During the 1980s, Run-D.M.C. became the biggest hip-hop group and are credited with breaking hip-hop into mainstream music. He was ranked No. 10 on Spin‘s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.. Mizell …

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26 Oct. 2012

LAMONT COLEMAN REST IN PEACE 1974-1999


Lamont Coleman (May 30, 1974–February 15, 1999), also known by his stage name Big L, was an American rapper. He is widely considered one of the greatest and most lyrical rappers to ever live. He was a significant participant in and contributor to the New York hip-hop scene in the mid- to late 1990s. Big …

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26 Oct. 2012

ERIC LYNN WRIGHT REST IN PEACE 1963-1995


Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995), better known by his stage name Eazy-E who is affectionately called “The Godfather Of Gangsta Rap ” , was an American rapper who performed solo and in the Hip Hop  group N.W.A.. Wright  was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in COMPTON California. After dropping out of high school in …

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