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.