DJ Rashad Dies of Drug Overdose

A pioneer of footwork, juke-informed house music, his death comes weeks after that of another Chicago legend, Frankie Knuckles.

Chicago footwork mastermind DJ Rashad has died of a drug overdose. Complex first reported the news, which a rep from Rashad's label Hyperdub later confirmed to Billboard that they will release an official statement on Monday morning.

On April 26, DJ Godfather was scheduled to perform with Rashad, along with DJ Spinn, at Detroit's Inhale Art Expo. Earlier that evening, he tweeted that sources had informed him that Rashad had passed earlier in the day from a drug overdose.

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Though the news is still technically unconfirmed, musicians, writers, and music fans alike, including DJ Spinn and Chance the Rapper, who toured with DJ Rashad last fall, have been expressing condolences for DJ Rashad on Twitter. For many, the news is especially raw so soon after the death of house legend Frankie Knuckles earlier this month.

A pioneer and integral member of footwork, juke-informed house music characterized by rhythmic complexity and experimental sounds that got its name from the dance style of feet moving at breakneck speed, DJ Rashad released his last LP, Double Cup, late last year. Earlier this month he dropped the EP We On 1.

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