DJ Big Kap, who worked with The Notorious B.I.G. and created The Tunnel album with DJ Funk Flex, has died Wednesday morning (Feb. 3) at the age of 45. At the time of publication, no cause of death is known. The hip-hop community has expressed their sadness throughout social media, with a few dedications included below.

Among the many legend building moments Kap, real name Keith Carter, was a part of, the most memorable was perhaps a 1995 Summer Jam set in which The Notorious B.I.G. threw his water bottle at the DJ for repeatedly messing up. In an interview with The Fader, from Spring 2011, Kap recalled the performance (see below), saying, “I’m throwing the records and it’s like, alright, cool we’re going through it. But it’s so hot the heat is actually warping the records. The records is melting! So the records are warping right before me and it’s just like woooommp… So, I go to Big’s room, and I knock on the door. And then he opens the door laughing! And he got a bunch of girls in the room! I’m bashful and I’m like, ‘Yo, I’m sorry, I apologize for all that.’ He was like, ‘Man, I knew! I saw those records. I knew it was the sun and all that. But I couldn’t let them think that it was me out there messing up!’”

The occasion was indicative Big’s and Kap’s comical relationship, with Big often playing jokes on the DJ. Watch the video of the Summer Jam performance below and read remembrances from Funk Flex, Peter Rosenberg DJ Enuff and more further down.


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Thanks to some key placements and his latest Malibu project, singer Anderson .Paak is buzzing. Dr. Dre surely has taken note, signing the singer to Aftermath Records. 

Of course the announcement came from Dre himself, via social media (see below).

But was .Paak maybe/sort of already down with Aftermath considering he was all over Compton? Hmm…

Oscar nomination or not, N.W.A is still winning.



Money & Violence is finally back, almost. The YouTube web series about Brooklyn thieves with morals got picked up by TIDAL and we new have a trailer for season two. 

It looks like the old Brooklyn rawness, with a little more polish, is still there as the clip features familiar characters like Mister, Choppa, Miz and Rafe. As for the latter, no spoilers (you need to catch up on season 1 stat).

The new season makes its premiere on February 9. Respect you jaw.