Posted in hiphop | music on September 19, 2009

"I am sorry 2 say that on this day at 2:05 Sept 19th we lost another incredible life...Dj Roc Raida died 2day my personal Dj is gone..." -Busta Rhymes

"I feel fortunate to have been able to catch this great man on the tables many times. He is one of a select few who defined the term 'turntablism'" - Black Bubblegum


RIP DJ Roc Raida

he passed today. Was a NYC staple for countless years. He'll be seriously missed. Was a very good guy and always put together great events throughout the city. [Thanksgiving Brown]

Literally one of the single greatest trick DJs of all time, Roc Raida of the legendary X-ecutioners, has passed away. Last week it was being reported that Roc was "admited to the hospital after being involved in a car accident that left him with serious injuries", but today AllHipHop says,
..a representative for the DJ, [said] "Family and friends will miss him dearly. Please give the family their privacy."

The source refused to give details of his illness or injury, or even the cause of Roc Raida's death, but did state that previous reports of an injury during karate class or a car accident were inaccurate.

The rep confirmed that Roc Raida was hospitalized last week, but would only state that the DJ's death was totally "unexpected."

That was quickly followed by an article at Baller Status that says something slightly different:
"Raida was recently in an mixed martial arts accident, something that he has been practicing for several years," a statement from his family read. "Although he had under gone two surgeries with great success, he was released to an inpatient physical therapy facility and was in great spirits the past few days. This morning he started to have complications and passed. The family asks for privacy at this time."
Condolences to his family. Roc Raida RIP.

One of his recent NYC performances took place July 23rd in Crotona Park in the Bronx. In August he toured Canada with Busta Rhymes. Video from the show they played at the Metropolis in Montreal, and more, below...

DJ Roc Raida Live at the Busta Rhymes show Metropolis Montreal August 2009

DJ ROC RAIDA @ Busta Rhymes Concert in Montreal

Roc Raida started DJing hip-hop at the age of ten with his father's help. From there he's gone on to found one of the most prolific turntablist crews the world has yet to see, with partners Mista Sinista, Rob Swift, and Total Eclipse. Collecting championship titles and awards across the world, he's brought an art form back that may well have been slowly motioned to obscurity, creating excitement by injecting pure passion into his mixes. [All Music]



Comments (37)

Thanks BV for putting this up. Raida was a really active
organizer, as well as DJ/producer. He booked several
events directly with the Knitting Factory in 2008-2009.

He was a big supporter of the old Knitting Factory, having done several of his hilarious DJ Gong Battles at the old location, one
very memorable one that brought together the original X-Men
line-up of the early/mid 90's (including Diamond J), he also
reunited the obscure NYC group the E. Bros at the Knit during
his last performance at the club - which was billed as a X-ceutioners reunion show - he DJed for Brand Nubian's Sadat X on that same show - performing for 3 different acts.

Check out photos from this event here:

Posted by T Brown | September 19, 2009 6:41 PM

Although, it should be noted that the *cause* for his injury and subsequent, truly untimely passing, seem to be unfounded and
unconfirmed. Seemingly based on speculation. At this juncture,
there has been a statement released from his family that should
be referenced for accurate information.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2009 6:49 PM

Mike Patton's album w/ the X-Ecutioners is also highly
recommened. Their performance at Irving Plaza about
3 years ago was highly memorable.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2009 6:52 PM

"At this juncture,
there has been a statement released from his family that should
be referenced for accurate information. "

post updated

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 19, 2009 6:55 PM

RIP Roc Raida

Posted by Coby | September 19, 2009 8:13 PM

so humble, so talented. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2009 8:49 PM

i'm really happy for him and i'mma let him finish, but he was not that good a dj

Posted by kanye | September 19, 2009 9:52 PM

txtspk iz prb not that best way 2 preznt a tribute 2 some1 who has died.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2009 1:03 AM

Que Descanze en paz,,,,,, R.I.P R.O.C R.A.I.D.A

Posted by CHILENOCROIS | September 20, 2009 1:46 AM

went out today to buy his new cd to find out about his sad.... R.I.P DJ Roc Raida

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2009 2:39 AM

Mixed martial arts accident? Dude got his ass and his bucket kicked.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2009 3:12 AM

Real DJ's spin vinyl, and only vinyl.

Roc Raida was a DJ who spun vinyl, and only vinyl.

RIP to one of the last real DJ's still out there.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2009 3:13 AM

@"Kanye"9:52 - I wonder what people will say about you when you die?

Posted by blackhat | September 20, 2009 10:05 AM

Anthony Williams AKA ROC RAIDA, died due to complications of 2 surgeries sustained in a mixed martial arts sparring session, where his spine was injured in an accident, survived by wife, 3 daughters, 1 son, mom, sister and brother. Post correct information please, and the person who said that, that was cruel, just remember when someone dear to you passes away how u will feel.

Posted by FAMILY | September 20, 2009 1:58 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2009 4:12 PM

Sad news. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2009 6:25 PM

September 20, 2009 10:05 AM : The answer is this: nothing, because nobody will care when a worthless, jealous poster dies.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2009 6:26 PM

Damn that really blows. I've seen him twice, met him once, and always impressed. One of the greatest turntablists to ever live.

RIP my man.

Posted by This Music Sucks | September 20, 2009 8:52 PM

R.I.P roc raida

Posted by PKounty | September 21, 2009 1:39 AM

RIP - One of the best that ever did it. Just glad I got see him rock.

Posted by BTW | September 21, 2009 10:35 AM

watch the film "Scratch"

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 11:31 AM

very sad news. thanks for putting this up for alot of people that might not have heard of him or what he did for battle DJs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 21, 2009 11:45 AM

I knew anthony willaims, his mom and tam and his brother Ralph, mad funny guy, use to throw block parties and dj in the pj and 125st. I know his ex Nicole she cool never met his wife..Why doesnt anyone mention about raida when he was younger, i also saw his myspace blog read comments people left o other sight, wats up with not adding his brother? Did he die too or something?

Posted by Debra | September 23, 2009 3:27 AM

Turntablism will never be the same. RIP Roc Raida, you will not be forgotten.

Posted by Neurocide | September 24, 2009 6:36 AM

"i'm really happy for him and i'mma let him finish, but he was not that good a dj

Posted by kanye | September 19, 2009 9:52 PM"

LMAO! Had me laughin.

Posted by NateDawg | September 24, 2009 3:38 PM

RIP ROC RADIA & Kanye don't know SHHHit!!

Posted by Scott | September 24, 2009 4:13 PM

"What's up with the haters?
You got nothing better ta do then ta rag on a dead guy?
Have some fucking respect for one of the best all time Dj's you punk ass bitches ever heard of and recognize that his family may read the crap you put up here. I hope when you die someone's there talking shit to your family about you, you haters are are like school on Saturday, NO Fucking Class."
One Love Raida,
We got your back FOREVER!

Posted by Jambrosi | September 27, 2009 11:36 AM

I got to see Grandmaster Roc Raida a the House of Blues (LA) with the X-Ecutioners. Off da hook! I'm glad I got the opportunity to see him play in person and meet him afterwards.

Gone but never forgotten...

R.I.P. - Roc Raida

Posted by Dj Page | September 27, 2009 11:53 AM

To all DJ Fam the DJ Roc Raida tradition must live on thru us... Negative energy deserves no attention. Positive will always win. RIP and much love to DJ Roc Raida.

The saga continues...

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2009 11:21 AM

thank you so much

Posted by luis vuitton | October 17, 2009 11:21 AM

It's sad to see pioneers of this life that we call HIP-HOP pass away. Haters might hate but when is your time how will you like to be remember? What you seed will be your fruits and if you got this type of attitude towards legendary D.J.z like ROCRAIDA what will be your dismiss. R.I.P. Not trying to stir up things but respect is due.

Posted by Needlez 1 | October 18, 2009 2:41 PM

Definately one of the greatest turntable musicians that ever lived. I also got to meet him on a few occassions. A humble dude and he will be greatly missed by turntablists world wide including myself. Regards to the family

Raida (Rest In Power)RIP

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Fadermasters Worldwide/The Drum Fam(sf)/All Purpose DJ's(east bay)

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2009 1:10 AM

rip roc...without a doubt one of the best dj's ever and one of the cats that made me want to become a dj.. all you haters that are talkin shit about a dead man.. EAT A DICK MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!

Posted by dj g 13 | October 27, 2009 9:52 PM

rest well my freind you taught us all a lesson!!!!!! as for kanye he needs to crawl under a rock and die himself!!! sorry ROC but this nigga just came out the crack of his ass!

Posted by DJ BRASS KNUCKLES | December 29, 2009 2:14 PM

Yo, bow your headz to the Grandmaster Roc Raider of the Xcutioners. A true Pioneer of the artform and pillars of this living energy called Hip-Hop! OneLove. May God Rest His physical body as his Spirit lives on ForIver!
The True Life, he now lives! Unmask your veils and realize he exists around all DJs/Turntablists. His legacy shall always live within US! Nuff Respect for the inspiration to us all!

Posted by DJ Eyez | September 8, 2010 11:50 AM


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