Hip-hop fans and artists are mourning the unexpected death of influential hip-hop DJ Big Kap, who died today (February 3) at the age of 45 from undisclosed causes. According to a post on his Instagram page, he was scheduled to perform today.
For those who don’t know, Big Kap (born Keith Carter) was an important presence in New York City’s hip-hop world, best known beyond the five boroughs for "The Tunnel," his 1999 collaborative album with DJ Funkmaster Flex. The album is a portrait of popular rap at the time, with verses from Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, DMX and myriad others. It also featured a rare live freestyle battle between 2Pac and Biggie. Big Kap was influential in launching Biggie’s career, serving as his DJ during the infamous 1995 Summer Jam performance where Biggie threw a water bottle at Kap (though Kap later claimed that there was no bad blood).
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) February 3, 2016
— Angie Martinez (@angiemartinez) February 3, 2016
Our condolences, prayers and positive energy go out to the family and friends of #bigkap RIP
— De La Soul (@WeAreDeLaSoul) February 3, 2016
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) February 3, 2016
RIP, Big Kap.