Hip-Hop Reacts to Death of New York City Dance Legend Voodoo Ray
Hip-hop has just lost one of its greatest performers. On Tuesday night (Oct. 17), New York City dance legend Voodoo Ray passed away at the age of 50. The details of his death have yet to be revealed. Formerly known as Boogie Ray, Voodoo Ray was a legendary dancer who'd earned his name appearing in dozens of videos over the course of a couple decades.
Throughout his career, Ray, born name Raymond Ultarte, showcased his top-tier footwork in visuals for some of the biggest musicians in the world, including the likes of JAY-Z ("Sunshine"), MC Lyte ("Ice Cream Dream"), Run-DMC ("It's Like That"), Mariah Carey ("Honey," "The Roof"), Wyclef Jean ("Trying to Stay Alive," "Pussycat"), Backstreet Boys ("Larger Than Life"), Black Moon ("Two Turntables & a Mic"), Bounty Killer ("It's a Party"), Rah Digga ("Party and Bullshit"), Nikki D ("Wasted"), Busta Rhymes ("Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"), Cuban Link ("Scandalous"), Doug E. Fresh ("Busting Out"), Monie Love ("Born 2 B.R.E.E.D.") and more.
A fixture of the N.Y. nightlife, helped book countless DJs to spin at parties over the years. He also made a name appearing in music videos throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Along with DJ Tony Touch, Ray also hosted NYC's famous Funkbox dance parties.
In the aftermath of his death, hip-hop luminaries from across the East Coast have paid their respects to the N.Y. stalwart, whose career spanned at least 30 years. DJ Tony Touch blacked out an image in memory of his fallen friend. The legendary DJ Premier revealed he learned of Ray's death through Touch.
"I literally just got news from Toca that Voodoo Ray has passed... I Told Tony Don't Shut It Down!!! Let's Celebrate His Life R.I.P. Ray," wrote Premier in a tweet. His was just one of several reactions from many in world of hip-hop, with folks like DJ Clark Kent, Just Blaze, Questlove, Termanology and others also showing love.
Check out how hip-hop reacted to news of Voodoo Ray's death below.
Voodoo Ray man. If you had the time of your life at a New York party in the past 20—chances are this brother was part the reason—�either lighting up the dancefloor w his crew or throwing the actual party. A key fixture in New York club nightlife. It’s never gonna be the same man. Wow man. New York lost a legend last night. Rest easy @MrVoodooRay #VoodooRay
Rest In Peace To A Very Good Dude Voodoo Ray @mrvoodooray Ray Along With Tony Touch @djtonytouch & Danny Castro @dcashflow74 Gave So Many Of Us DJ’s In NYC An Opportunity To DJ @ They Toca Tues & Funkbox Parties. But Beyond That He Was The Coolest Dude You Would Ever Know. He Always Had A Smile On His Face. His Love For Music Was Impeccable. The Last Time I Saw Ray Was @ His 50th Bday Party In April @ Toca Tues @ Cielo In Manhattan. Rakim Was Scheduled To Come To His 50th Bday Bash But He Couldn’t Make It So Rakim Mgr & Danny Castro Asked Me Would I Come Do A DJ Set To Cover For Rakim. When They Told Me It Was Ray’s 50th Bday I Told Them I Would Most Definitely Do It. When I Started DJ’in @ The Club That Nite I Kept Saying On The Mic “RAY YOU CANNOT BE 50YRS OLD” Ray Came To The Booth & Said “YEAH CEE I’M REALLY 50” This Was The Last Pic We Took Together Which Was @ My 50th Bday Bash @ Cielo In Manhattan In August Of 2016. As You Can See Ray Does Not Look 50!!!! He Looks Young & Vibrant. I’m So Glad That I Was Able To Be There For His Last Bday In Physical Form!!! GODSPEED TO VOODOO RAY!!!! YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED!!!!! TONY TOUCH & DANNY CASTRO STAY STRONG!!!!