Rest In Peace: NYC Legend DJ Big Kap Dead At 45
Legendary New York City DJ, Big Kap, has reportedly passed away.
Legendary New York City DJ, Big Kap, has reportedly passed away. A staple in the city’s hip-hop community, Kap, born Keith Carter, was 45 at the time of his death on Wednesday (Feb. 3). Instrumental in the launching of the careers of acts such as The Notorious B.I.G., Kap was a member of The Flip Squad, a collective that consisted of Funkmaster Flex, Mister Cee and host of East Coast rappers.
DJ Kap’s most notable project to date is his 1999 album The Tunnel with Funkmaster Flex. Featuring verses from Nas, Jay Z, Eminem, Dr. Dre, as well as posthumous contributions from B.I.G. and Tupac, The Tunnel moved nearly 100,000 units in its first week of release, debuting at No. 35 on the Billboard chart. Kap also gained viral fame over a decade later, when a video of The Notorious B.I.G. at the 1995 Summer Jam concert made its rounds online. Unfortunately for Kap, he felt the rapper’s wrath after slipping up on the turntables:
At the announcement of his passing, the hip-hop community mobilized on social media to commemorate the life of DJ Big Kap. Take a look at a few tribute posts below:
Woke up to terrible news today ... We lost Big Kap .... Not only a great DJ, key part of the flip squad and big dog pit bulls , and incredible talker with a unique and awesome voice but more than anything -- great guy ...always good for a warm smile and a sincere conversation... Was always very fond of this guy ever since I met him .. RIP brother... Sending love and positive vibes to his family, @funkflex , @ciphasounds and all the pit bulls and flip squad
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— HOT 97 (@HOT97) February 3, 2016
My heart is so heavy right now. I started my career working at Stress Entertainment with Jessica Flex, Enuff, Kap. Sad to see the homie pass. Sending love out to the family of Big Kap and his extended family @funkflex @djenuff @jrosenblum1 and the whole crew love yall
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