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DJ Roc Raida R.I.P.

According to All Hip Hop, master turntablist and DJ Roc Raida (born Anthony Williams) passed away on Saturday. He was 37 years old; the cause of death is not yet known.

Roc Raida’s passing was confirmed by Busta Rhymes, who toured with the DJ. “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,” wrote the rapper on his Twitter.

Roc Raida was a member of the pioneering turntable crew the X-Ecutioners and won the DMC World DJ Championship in 1995. He released several albums as a solo artist, and collaborated with artists as diverse as Big Pun, Pink, Nelly, and Bill Laswell.

He also starred in Doug Pray’s turntablist documentary Scratch. Check out a clip from the film featuring the X-Ecutioners below, along with Roc Raida’s winning DMC routine:
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