Producer Disco D Commits Suicide

Producer Disco D, born David Shayman, comitted suicide earlier today (January 23) XXLMAG.COM has learned. He was 27 years old. Shayman, who grew up in Ann Arbor Michagan, made a name for himself as a DJ in area nightclubs and purveyor of mix cd’s while he was still in high school. He first got widespread notoriety in the hip-hop community as a result of his work on the 50 Cent song “Ski Mask Way” from The Massacre. More recently, D contributed tracks to albums for Trick Daddy, Lil Scrappy and Crime Mob. Far from just a beatmaker, Shayman also held a degree with honors from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

  • Big Tone

    That’s sad. Prayers go out to his family.

  • meechie_da_god

    first

  • Tris

    daz messed up

  • Re 3rd

    VERY SAD, READ HIS PROFILE IN “SCRATCH” NUMBER 7 WITH JUST BLAZE ON THE COVER DEPRESSION IS A TERRIBLE THING. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY.

  • uhhh

    peace

  • CoChese

    Damn. R.I.P homie.

  • CALI DRO

    RIP

  • Razz

    That was one talented dude. Sad to hear this. Rest in Pease.

  • Kid Damo

    R.I.P to him and my condolences go to anyone affiliated with him but what made him go through the deppression

  • Razz

    peace*

  • ANDREW

    R.I.P. DISCO D MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY AND ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH YOU. GOD BLESS U HAD ONE OF MY FAVORITE TRACKS SKI MASK WAY

    R.I.P.

  • J Wall

    Yeah, I read that he dealt with serious depression, so do I. It’s no joke. Unfortunately, success often doesn’t help ease the pain.

  • http://www.myspace.com/plussign2 sbmournswitem

    What a loss..so young, so much potential, gone just like that…

    May God comfort the family, friends, well-wishers, fans and acquaintances of the bereaved in Jesus’ Mighty Name Amen.

  • BUCKUALL

    I dont get it am I the only 1 that sees that this makes no sense

    R.I.P

  • http://illroots.com illroots

    one of my favorite beats came from this guy
    RIP

  • yung ceasa

    thas reel fucked up. my condolences and prayers go 2 his family and buckuall i think i know wat u sayin. why would dude wanna commit suicide, if dude so heavy in tha game? either way its unfortunate

    R.I.P.

  • jojochicago

    Dam! Must been the drugs…..n e wayz, R.I.P.

  • http://Myspace.com/solodonatus Donatus

    I don’t c why he did it.

  • ketan

    damn, that’s sad. great dj – he could rock a party.

    r.i.p.

  • d.sherm

    according to his urb article he had been struggling with it for years.. He also produced K-FEDs album

  • DNN

    R.I.P Disco D

  • http://dman8784myspace.com dubldealing

    god bless.and yeh this depression was getting at him long ago, he even admitted that he was so depressed that he was thinking bout killing himself…unfortunate incident and god bless him. sad event

  • ketan

    just remembered that i requested poison clan’s ‘shake what yo momma gave ya’ at a party he did back in 0-2 and – sure enough – he pulled it out of his crate and played it. djs with good taste like that are rare.

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money aka G-Unite

    I dont know why he did it but im sorry for this cat man that ski mask way song was tight dog we couldve really used another dog like disco d well r.i.p. fam.

  • dat coonz nigga

    Damn whiteboy that ski mask way was a hot track R.I.P

  • Hurricane Game

    r.i.p Depressions a hard thing. Send my Love to his family

  • Hurricane Game

    PS. Ski Mask way had the best beat on the whole Massacre.

  • 1 N 1 Out

    What Fuckin Retard

  • http://www.xxlmag.com chillywilly da3rd

    life sucks anyway damn

  • triplesixninja

    RIP
    DISCO D 2007
    FAKE 2003
    ALOT 2004
    HEYDOG 2002

    and every other soldier lost in the struggle

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?cat=29 noz

    r.i.p.

  • shirt

    i knew homie. just saw him some weeks ago. partied with him last year. so sad.

    shirt

  • Jersey Boy

    This is a Sad moment my condolences goes out to his fam and loved ones God Bless homey …..U in a better place ….gOD BLESS

  • OZZO

    what the hell was wrong with him I dont understand that suicide shit.

  • Stax On Deck

    Man R.I.P. but suicide is never the way to go…

  • http://www.billykincaid.com Billy Kincaid

    @STAX ON DECK: he was suffering from manic depression. That shit is a disease.

  • john cochran

    That’s scary as hell cause I be depressed alot too. RIP homie.

  • BLAZE

    Christ.

    Thats horrible…

    R I P

  • http://www.myspace.com/rvfent Motive

    rip

  • NJG

    May He Rest In Peace

  • X. A

    Ah!! I’m so shocked ’bout him Why disco Why, you were so young. ‘wise R.I.P

  • Dipset

    R I P…. just lost my cousin a couple months ago to the same shit

  • http://www.myspace.com/pusha313 MOE GREENE

    suicide is for weaklings.

    • anonymous person

      You’re totally right. And don’t let those jerks tell you otherwise. They don’t know what they’re thinking and saying.

      Suicide never does anyone good since it never solves anything.

    • anonymous person

      You’re totally right. And don’t let those jerks tell you otherwise. They don’t know what they were and are thinking.

      Suicide is never the answer to any problem and it never does anyone good.

  • jacquez
  • Big Chops

    Damn. R.I.P Homie. May your soul eternaly rest peacefully!

  • http://somethinnew.crushspot.com EcorseDaFuckMichigan

    REAL TALK I REMMEBER WHEN XXL GAVE HIM THE PRODUCTION CREDIT DUDE SAID HE MADE SKI MASK WAY FOR HIS EX HE BROKE UP WIT ORIGINALLY. I HOPE HE DIDNT KILL HIMSELF OVER THAT WOMAN, RIP

  • http://somethinnew.crushspot.com EcorseDaFuckMichigan

    REAL TALK I REMMEBER WHEN XXL GAVE HIM THE PRODUCTION CREDIT DUDE SAID HE MADE SKI MASK WAY FOR HIS EX HE BROKE UP WIT ORIGINALLY. I HOPE HE DIDNT KILL HIMSELF OVER THAT WOMAN, RIP

  • http://yahoo.com quin_c813

    R.I.P. Wouldve liked to hear more work from him,so sad….

  • http://playboy2gunzupyahoo.com DOCDIGGY

    R.I.P.

    (Still can’t see myself taking my own life tho)

    Prayers go out to the fam

  • 11kap

    now the feds got djs the worst way. thanx alot, uncle tom, for nothing, cracker. DJ’s can’t make money anymore, and their carreers are shot. i guess we will be going deeper underground with hip hop again like it was back in the early 90s. Emcees will start talking about poverty and social issues again, because all the bling has lost its luster…….time for a re-up in this rap shit. shit is fucked up.

  • EReal

    R.I.P. “Disco D” David Shayman.
    Many of us only wish to accomplish what you’ve accomplished in life. Prayers for your family in their grief, but they have to be so proud of you. See you in the next homie.

    1 hunned.

  • DRoss

    REST IN POWER MY DUDE….DAM DAVE I WISH I KNEW IT WAS THAT SERIOUS I WOULD HAVE TALKED U THRU IT. THE SAY ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG ,WELL MY BROTHER YOU WERE GREAT WITH SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR. THIS HONESTLY JUST HURTS RIGHT NOW. MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY………..

  • native_bad_guy

    RIP homie.. hope you make some bangin beats in heaven..

  • creepa 101

    damn that sucks dawg

  • Three4

    R.I.P.

  • *

    anybody know how he did it?

  • Brittany: YBR Promotions

    Disco D was an incredible person. Very loving. Very funny…one of the damn funniest guys I have ever known. He inspired people across the globe and mentored many of my friends. This is a tragic shock and we all send our best wishes to his family, friends, and business collegues. Dave…gringo louco, we miss you already man. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts forever.

  • Eighce

    What are the spiritual repurcussions of suicide?

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  • http://londonblktagyahoo.co.uk adrian smith

    disco d r.i.p he lace 50 cent with ski mask way hot joint was on the up in the hip hop game lace enought with skill he will not b forgottin r.i.p disco d

  • http://ALLHIPHOP REGION HATERS HATER

    dude had beats wit so much feelin now i understand how he was able to find that level of intensity. most great producers suffer from these intense feelings. his article with scratch was just a taste of how bad he was suffering inside. bless his family and friends. r.i.p.

  • ree

    to: EIGHCE
    unfortunately in the christian faith
    the spiritual repercussions for suicide is straight to hell

  • dre

    to EIGHCE

    in the christianity suicide leads to hell

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  • http://www.myspace.com/trashrap MUTHA

    we miss you already d

    http://www.myspace.com/trashrap

  • http://www.myspace.com/DJTHUNDERMIXX DJ THUNDERMIXX

    I have to say that I’m still in shock over this. He was very talented and I personally enjoyed his work. He will be sadly missed…..

    R.I.P. Disco D

  • whocare

    thats wild. it might not have been depression. could have been any number of things. i won’t even begin to speculate. whoever says suicide is for weaklings is a fucking idiot. there is absolutely nothing more couragious then taking the life from ones self willingly. yes it may be stupid, and cold, and selfish, but that shit takes courage and conviction. you cannot deny that.

    • anonymous

      You’re the one who a fuckin’ idiot, you stupid asshole! However delusional and senseless you are for deny that suicide is for weaklings?

      Taking one’s life is devoid of true courage! It’s really cowardly and childish. think of what it brings to loved ones!

      There’s nothing glamorous and fascinating about suicide. It never solves problems.

      And don’t think that you know everything because claiming that you do makes you a small-minded dickhead who doesn’t deserve to have friends.

      Are you trying to encourage others to commit suicide? If so, you’ll pay for it! Hell, you might even be arrested for getting others to kill themselves.

      You may think that you’re all cool and stuff. But deep down inside, you’re most likely a lonely and insecure fucker who’s devoid sensitivity and inconsideration for others.

      I’m warning you that if you continue this attitude of yours, you’ll make lots of enemies and no one will want to be with you.

      If you tell me off for what I told you, THEN SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!

      What a haughty and selfish dipshit you are. You sound like your parents didn’t raise you well. Hell, they probably taught you the wrong kind of stuff.

      But if you insist on being a big jerk, then may lots of bad fortune and no good fortune come to you.

      And if you insist on committing suicide, go ahead. I don’t think that anyone will miss you. I sure won’t.

  • Al Bleezy

    May god be with you Disco…

    You’ll be missed homie

  • BRS from Chile

    “It is always a pain to have lost of those who contribute their seed in our planet, now your you traveled to a new way and better life, than God stay with you by always “…
    Bless to him Family…

  • Spickster

    R.I.P homie, its been a pleasure.

  • Anonymous

    I took some time to fall back off the situation and watch things unfold after one of my good friends died. I’m sitting here feeling, seeing, reading, the craziest things I’ve ever in my entire life. I watched people cry about Dave. People curse Dave for leaving. And people just not give a damned to degree of only wanting to find out the most gruesome details…And I need to get some shit off my chest.

    Suicide because of that ?

    It’s easy to apply someone else’s problems to yourself and how you in your right mind would handle them. You can say oh we broke up so what…or money this so what…of course its easy. Its easy for me and a lot of other people to deal with the most #ucked up things in life…right?

    Well at times it wasn’t for me and I felt like I was gonna just burst. Like there was no means to an end to the stress and BS associated with your family, the industry and NYC. But then you know what happends…your friends step in…they calm you down they make you feel reassured and they give you hope and help you reason. And that reasoning is what you have to hold on to and make it thru whatever ails you.
    Guess what friend did that for me?

    Dave Shayman aka Disco D

    Dave was the best kind of friend someone could ask for…why? not cause he made beats…not cause he was skilled or famous. But because he tried. Despite his own issues personal and mental/physical, he spent a lot of time connecting people and bringing people up and putting people on…personally and musically.

    Why suicide?

    I can’t answer on exactly why, but I can give a pretty good assumption thats a lot better the default “im stronger than this dude so i woulda did” comments i see all over.

    Manic Depression and Bi-Polarity

    Google it. wiki it. whatever you want.
    Just put some sense to it and know whats good the next time you hear those words and hopefully its not because its someone close to you that struggles with it.

    And once you find out about it you’ll learn a few things that will give a better perspective on why it doesn’t matter if youre rich, famous, poor, infamous, or whatever else good or bad is going on in someones life. You’ll also see that mental health isn’t taken as seriously as it should be in this first world country.

    It can be as minor as mood swings or as large as not being able to control your feelings/thoughts.

    Who do you ask for help from that?

    Your friends can tell you hey its not that bad or don’t worry this or that minor event will get better…but whats that really gonna do? You’re friends can also go as far as worrying about you every waking minute of the day and keeping you engaged and hoping you can stay focused on doing what you do best…which is ironic because ski mask and the zillion other things he managed and created besides that all came from a similar place….something like a catch22

    And for whatever reasons my friend wasn’t able to focus his energy anymore…that big ass Disco D lazer didnt work anymore and from then on it was like he was suffering. I could have swore slowly but surely that beam was about to pop off again soon…but it didnt.

    Memories…
    I learned a few things from Dave Shayman that Disco D never spoke about. Disco D would teach you some off the charts production techniques…but Dave Shayman had another message.

    Feelings
    One day two years ago…during the time when i uncontrollably stressed and on the verge of madness…Dave comes over to me and says “you know all the technical stuff…thats the easy part in doing what we do. But its about feeling…you have to be able to take the impulses that come from your brain and how you feel and translate them into art…into the music… Its the way to get it out of your system..if you’re angry thats your song…if you’re in love thats your song…make it your song…don’t keep it stuck inside. Once you can do that youre pretty much unstoppable…no one can hurt you.”

    From that point on everything was okay…until now.

    Now…
    I’m in a group of people wondering what to do next…we’re all missing that tie that binds us together. That one unique individual that brought everyone together through love, skills, and the grind. And i know we wont ever forget who Disco D really was and how he changed our lives…and that we will continue to spread D’s beliefs about helping people and connecting people. And Positive outlooks on life will returning happiness.

    And thats all I guess…not much more to say…time to express it in the music.

    Disco D Forever. 1 Love Homie.

    _A

  • somekidfromCT

    To whoever posted that last comment, thank you.

  • Truthbetold

    I dont know who this guy was because im into house music, im sad to see him go. But not suprised over everyones obession with success and superficiality. Why do scientists want to blame depression on being bi polar? Why cant people take responsibilty for other peoples unhappiness? This system we got is fucked up. Its all about keepin up with apperances, money, successes. Its all about being better than the next. Having more than your brothers and sisters- and im not talking about your immediate family.

    When someone committs suicide we all think it was there problem. Its our problem people! How many people seem like they have it all? only to take there own life because they see that its a tired ass illusion. Im sure if people didnt have so much competion and there hearts in the wallets and egos of others. they would have stuck around alot longer. But its all about the party! The booty. The gratification of the egos darkest desires. Until we learn to cultivate the Spirt of one another. Some people wont be able to take it.

    Superficiality leads you to unhappiness and no where.
    Sure had he been working with the less fortunate he would have seen how amazing his own life was.

  • N2TECHNO

    I knew Dave personally. I talked to him last around New Years! That sucks. He was a good kid!

  • Hi-C

    went to the same high-school as this guy. Went to his crib a couple of times when he was living with his parent Is back in the day. He taught me a thing or two on the turntables. This is before he made it big and when he was just dj’ing parties in peoples basements. I always knew he would make it big because he had that drive and talent.
    I just recently found out he passed away. Im was very dissapointed to hear this. Never take your life or your loved ones life for granite because you never know when its your time to leave. Take time out to show people you care. Its good to see all of the nice things people have to say about Disco D but maybe he needed hear this when he was still living. Maybe I’m wrong??? But still, its something to think about. R.I.P Dave (aka Disco D).

  • J-DUB 513

    damn man i cant believe he died…hell i didnt even kno about this until 2day….ski mask way was definitely the best song on the massacre

  • Danny

    hey fuck you mo Greene. depression is a disease and for you to be doggin on a guy that was down enough to do that is just wrong. show a little fuckin respect. D is and always will be one of my favorite dj’s, he was a cool guy and a hell of an artist/musician. R. I. P. Disco you will be missed

    • Danny hater

      Fuck you, Danny! You’re telling him to show respect but you deny that suicide’s for weaklings? What a hypocrite you are!

      You’re the one who should be showing respect because you sound like you want others to kill themselves. Newsflash: SUICIDE NEVER SOLVES ANYTHING BECAUSE IT’S COWARDLY AND WORSE THAN CHILDISH!!!

      MOE GREENE is right, if you hadn’t noticed. He’s truthful that suicide is for weaklings.

      People who kill themselves don’t have the strength to handle their problems well. If you have a problem, you try to solve it as best as you can. But to kill yourself is one of the wrong ways to solve your problems.

      Think about what I told you the next time a situation like this comes.

  • http://www.dynamicproducer.com dynamicwayne

    R.I.P