News: BREAKING: Busta Rhymes Announces DJ Roc Raida's Death, "My Personal DJ Is Gone"

Saturday, Sep 19, 2009 1:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

X-Ecutioner member and Busta Rhymes' personal deejay, Anthony "DJ Roc Raida" Williams, has reportedly passed today (September 19).

Busta announced the unexpected news via his Twitter account Saturday afternoon.

"I am sorry 2 say that on this day at 2:05 Sept 19th we lost another incredible life...Dj Roc Raida died 2day my personal Dj is gone... I just wanna thank everyone 4 ur love and support and ur prayers...We will never let ur name die Roc...We love u and will 4ever miss u...RIP." (Busta Rhymes' Twitter)

This was later followed by a stream of Twitter "R.I.P.'s" from RZA, DJ Drama, N.O.R.E., Big Pooh, Talib Kweli and Kid Capri.

"yesterday i shouted out dj's across the world, dj am and dj jam master jay, today i say rest in peace to a close friend dj roc raider!!!!," Capri wrote. "dj roc raider was a real beast at his talent, and a very humble soldier, i will miss the homie, im deeply sadden, god bless his soul." (Kid Capri's Twitter)

A statement regarding his passing was released Saturday afternoon.

"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." (Nah Right)

He also helped create hit records for some of hip-hop biggest names.

Raida has produced records for artists, such as Big L, Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah, Jungle Brothers and Linkin Park, to name a few and has dropped scratches for artist's like O.C.'s classic 'Time's Up' to pop sensation Pink's new album I'm Not Dead. (British Hip Hop)

Raida's career within the music industry dates back nearly two decades as a member of the X-Ecutioners and award-winning deejay.

Roc Raida started DJing hip-hop at the age of ten with his father's help. From there he's gone on to found one of the most prolific turntablist crews the world has yet to see, with partners Mista Sinista, Rob Swift and Total Eclipse. Collecting championship titles and awards across the world, he's brought an art form back that may well have been slowly motioned to obscurity, creating excitement by injecting pure passion into his mixes. (All Music)

No further information has been released as of now.

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