On this day, Jan. 9 in hip-hop history...

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2017: Well-respected West Coast DJ and producer DJ Crazy Toones died from a heart attack on Jan. 9.

DJ Crazy Toones' history within California rap runs deep, even with his Houston roots. His career spanned for quite some time and he worked with nearly every rapper from the West Coast's heyday. Toones worked with his brother, WC of Westside Connection fame, throughout his career, including his time as a member of the early 1990's rap group WC and The Maad Circle. This led to him producing for Kurupt, Ice Cube, Xzibit, Snoop Dogg and more.

A long line of peers and fellow artists paid their respects to DJ Crazy Toones when he passed; he was certainly loved on the West Coast and beyond. Just before his death, he was Ice Cube's official DJ. In a fitting move, Cube was the one who broke the news of Crazy Toones' death, doing so in a heartfelt tweet.

"I just lost my homie, brother, DJ, confidant and love one," Cube shared with the world on Twitter. Crazy Toones passed away today and I'm fucked up about it. We miss you & love u."

DJ Crazy Toones had production credits all over WC and the Maad Circle's two albums, Ain't a Damn Thang Changed and Curb Servin'. The latter album is almost entirely produced by Crazy Toones, and includes the popular singles "The One" and the Ice Cube-assisted "West Up!"

Rest easy, DJ Crazy Toones.

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