Keith Carter, better known to hip-hop fans as DJ Big Kap, has passed away at age 45. The cause of death is unknown at this point.
Mr. Carter rose to fame working with other hip-hop legends in the 1990s, including the Notorious B.I.G. and Funkmaster Flex. According to his Instagram page, DJ Big Kap was set to perform on Wednesday, the day he died, at an event called "Whipped Wednesdays."
Mr. Carter's seminal work is the 1999 album "The Tunnel," a collaboration with Funkmaster Flex that featured several top artists of the day, including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Method Man, Jay-Z, DMX, Juvenile, LL Cool J, Raekwon and Snoop Dogg. MTV reported at the time that it climbed to 35th on the Billboard Top 200 chart and sold more than 90,000 copies in its first week.
After hearing of Mr. Carter's passing, fans took to Twitter to offer their condolences and memories:
Rest in Peace DJ Big Kap. NYC hip-hop legend right there. That legacy he helped build with the Tunnel will live forever— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) February 3, 2016
RIP to the legendary DJ BIG KAP! If you are an artist and don't know who this is, you lost… https://t.co/urFERvaOou— King Clicquot (@ClicquotGeno) February 3, 2016
Rest In Power DJ Big Kap— KXNG CROOKED (@CrookedIntriago) February 3, 2016
My eternal condolences to your loved ones
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