Chicago Footwork Pioneer DJ Rashad Found Dead At 35


Chicago record spinner, DJ Rashad, who is responsible for ushering in the “footwork” music scene in the Windy City, was found dead, yesterday, according to Chicago authorities. Police responded to a call from friend of the DJ who had found the 35-year-old unresponsive at a residence in the city’s West Side, yesterday afternoon. When they arrived they discovered Rashad unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead on the scene. Authorities believe a drug overdose may have been the cause for the turntablelist’s death. An autopsy will be carried out, today.

Rashad helped pioneer “footwork,” a break-neck dance music that frequently slices in loops of known rap, pop and R&B samples. He released the album, Double Cup last October and was set to release a vinyl EP titled, We On 1, tomorrow via Southern Belle Recordings.

[via Chicago Times Sun]

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