Posted in hiphop | music on April 27, 2014

DJ Rashad @ Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Cory Dewald)
Rashad

After hours of rumors circulating on Twitter, the Chicago Tribune confirms what we didn't want to hear...

Chicago footwork and juke pioneer, DJ Rashad Harden, 35, died Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Chicago police are conducting an investigation after a friend found Harden's body in an apartment on the 2100 block of West 21st Street, said Hector Alfaro, a news affairs officer at the Chicago Police Department.

Detroit's DJ Godfather initially tweeted the news. Godfather was scheduled to perform with DJ Rashad tonight.

Police said that Harden died of a suspected drug overdose. Narcotics and drug paraphernalia were allegedly found near his body, they said. The Cook County medical examiner's office said he was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:50 p.m. An autopsy is slated for Sunday, according to the office.

Rest in peace Rashad!

DJ Rashad was scheduled to play the Pitchfork Fest again in 2014. He was just in NYC for a show at Cameo after a trip to SXSW.

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Comments (22)

no sympathy for dopers. you know what you're in for.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 1:28 AM

devastated ... Caught him multiple times in nyc + .2 wild nye partys at 285 kent ...

really such a nice, humble guy too. Hyperdub signing him was awesome, a great way to mix two different cultures of smart AND really fun dance music by bringing to the masses.

Obvi he was no stranger to drugs (pills,weed,lean,booze) but I'm hoping he wasn't personally struggling & diving into harder stuff. I hope other music is going to stock the new ep this week, would be a fitting way to say goodbye.

#teklife till the next life
hug someone you love

RIP buddy ...will keep on dancing . Your tunes were uniquely healing


Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 1:36 AM

Crackhead.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 8:20 AM

Who

Posted by A. Non | April 27, 2014 11:44 AM

What the fuck is Footwork and Juke and how did he Innovate it?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 12:46 PM

He's pushing play in heaven as we speak...

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 2:11 PM

What is "lean"?

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 3:12 PM

whatev another junkie bites the dust

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 3:32 PM

never heard of him

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 3:54 PM

It's a shame that out of all the kids who play with the naughty stuff, I'm looking at your Bieber, we have to suffer the loss of the good ones.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 4:15 PM

I get Brooklyn Vegan commentors being acting like cynical, superior assholes about shitty indie bands only people in these comment threads give a shit about, but we're talking about a human who died. Have some fucking respect.

Posted by anon | April 27, 2014 4:35 PM

SOMEBODY DIED ASSWIPES.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 5:22 PM

>>I get Brooklyn Vegan commentors being acting like cynical, superior assholes about shitty indie bands only people in these comment threads give a shit about, but we're talking about a human who died. Have some fucking respect.


Friend. There are all kinds of things wrong with that statement. You having "acting" and "being" right next to each other makes my head explode. Also, please do show consistency with your grammar. If you're going to use a comma after "cynical" to detail the superior assholes, use one after "shitty" to describe the indie bands. I can haz consistency? Truthfully though, all of that is a bit superfluous because that word jam you have as one big sentence is a clusterfuck of epic size. Make an effort next time when you're trying to bring the hammer down on BV commenters, friend. OK? You really come across like you're swinging a feather instead of a ten-ton mallet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 7:44 PM

I have a big fat cock lol

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 8:46 PM

one less

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 8:59 PM

^ If only we could have two less ...

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2014 10:55 PM

@7:44 go shove a ten-ton mallet up your ass. I'm sure you'e a fucking professor at Columbia, and I'm so impressed. By the way, I'm not the one that made the comment you so impressively dissected. However, I felt it necessary to call you out for being the cunt that you are.

Posted by chris | April 27, 2014 11:02 PM

RIP DJ E-Z Rock

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2014 12:12 AM

744 Moron Of The Day goes to you!

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2014 1:01 AM

The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times quoted Rashad was found unresponsive by a friend of his on

the city’s West Side at 1:30 p.m!!
Read More At: Pioneer of Chicago’s Footwork : DJ Rashad

found Dead | Drug Overdose

Posted by NIKKY | April 28, 2014 6:58 AM

4:35, you forget most commentators on this blog are either minors with no idea who the real innovators were/are, or people with no regard about music whatsoever, and just post to appear edgier than others

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2014 10:19 AM

Cops are annoying mean people.

Posted by Almonte | May 6, 2014 3:13 AM

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