News: Busta Rhymes Reflects On Roc Raida's Memory, Announces NYC Benefit Concert

Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 10:15AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Flipmode Squad leader Busta Rhymes addressed last weekend's loss of his personal deejay, Anthony "Roc Raida" Williams, and announced a special one-night only New York City benefit concert set to take place next month.

Busta also pointed out how "weird" 2009 has been due to the number of high profile passing of entertainers including Michael Jackson and Patrick Swayze.

"I could sit here and say he was one of the most incredible deejays of the world, I could do that all day," Busta explained. "It doesn't really hold the same significance as it does when people actually get an opportunity to experience what I experienced...I never had a deejay that was able to do what he was able to do, I'm not taking away from deejays that held it down before...This sh*t is crazy to me, I still don't understand this whole sh*t...I know this year all together been weird because we've seen a lot of great people taken away from us than probably any other generation...That dude was the type of dude where we go on the road, he never came to the after parties, he never was involved with the meet-and-greets, he just wanted to come and do his job. He was always the first to leave the entourage when the shows were over and it was time to go back home. He always had this need to get back to his daughters and wife...I definitely wanna plug that there's a benefit concert that we're doing on October 22nd at BB King's...It's gonna be a lot of great people, Green Lantern, DJ Scratch, Kid Capri, the whole DITC movement, Flipmode of course..." (Rap Radar)

Raida's family released a statement and said he passed away from cardiac arrest.

He passed away on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 from a cardiac arrest resulting from injuries he suffered in an accident while training in Krav Maga, a type self defense system that he had been studying weekly for the last two years. He was proud that his 15-year-old daughter, Asia, shared his passion for Krav Maga and was the only girl in their class. (Statement)

A New York City memorial is scheduled to take place tomorrow (September 24).

On top of our own Puja Patel's thoughtful remembrance, we should recommend Hua Hsu's, which explains the weird and transitionally transcendent spot Roc Raida claimed in the DJ universe before his untimely death over the weekend. Thursday, September 24th, MT Nebo Baptist Church, 1883 Adam Clayton Powell JR Blvd (7th Avenue) & 114 Street, Harlem, New York. 10AM-12:12PM viewing, 12:30PM-3PM service. (Village Voice)

Busta announced Roc's passing via his Twitter account last Saturday (September 19).

"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)

A statement regarding his death was released later that 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)

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