Today in Hip-Hop: R.I.P. Big Kap (February 26, 1970 – February 3, 2016)
On this day, Feb. 3, in hip-hop history...
2016: Today marks the two year anniversary of the death of renowned New York DJ, Big Kap.
As a New York native, DJ Big Kap, real name Keith Carter, got his start in music in the mid-'1990s by teaming up with fellow disc jockeys Funkmaster Flex, Biz Markie, DJ Enuff, Mister Cee, Cipha Sounds, Frankie Cutlass, DJ Riz and DJ Ronson as a part of a DJ supergroup called The Flip Squad. Kap's name rose to prominence as a voice of New York in 1999 when he and Funk Flex dropped the album The Tunnel. The compilation album was made up of some pretty iconic New York freestyles from the likes of The Notorious B.I.G, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Jay-Z, Capone-n-Noreaga, Fatman Scoop and more.
Fans of Big Kap know that working closely with Biggie Smalls over the years, Kap was involved in one of the more funny and memorable Biggie stage show moments, when the rapper threw a water bottle at the DJ at 1995 Summer Jam.
On the morning of Feb. 3, 2016, news broke that Big Kap had died from a heart attack. Kap's manager Ab Traxx confirmed the news with Billboard and said Big Kap didn’t have any prior medical issues other than diabetes. He was 45 years old.
Traxx remembered the last time he spoke with Kap the night right before his death.
“Last night when I talked to him, he was fine. He was on the computer at 1 a.m. and then I got the phone call at four in the morning from the artist he stays with, Bank Boy Drop. He’s an artist based out of Florida we was actually workin’ on.”
From Funk Flex and DJ Khaled to Talib Kweli, Pete Rock and more, many in hip-hop reacted to the surprise passing of the New York mainstay and praised Kap as a golden era pioneer.
R.I.P. Big Kap.
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