February 3, 2016


DJ Big Kap, New York Hip-Hop Mainstay, Dead at 45

Johnny Nunez/WireImage
Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Funkmaster Flex posted on Instagram on Wednesday morning (Feb. 3) that DJ Big Kap, an NYC hip-hop culture OG, has died at the age of 45. There are no details about his death yet. 

Kap was a force in the '90s New York rap scene; there's a good chance was your favorite DJ’s favorite DJ. The Notorious B.I.G.–affiliated turntablist was scheduled to DJ and host an event on Wednesday night.

Funk Flex and Kap dropped The Tunnel on Def Jam in 1999, a pioneering DJ-headlined album with verses by Tupac and Biggie (on the same song!), Eminem (a super early look), Dr. DreJay ZSnoop DoggMary J. BligeLL Cool JNas, Angie Martinez (!), Capone-n-Noreaga, the Ruff Ryders, Raekwon and Method Man. It went to No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Spin DJ Big Kap and Funkmaster Flex's The Tunnel here:

Hot 97 host Peter Rosenberg shared the following on Instagram:

"Woke up to terrible news today ... We lost Big Kap .... Not only a great DJ, key part of the flip squad and big dog pit bulls , and incredible talker with a unique and awesome voice but more than anything -- great guy ...always good for a warm smile and a sincere conversation... Was always very fond of this guy ever since I met him .. RIP brother... Sending love and positive vibes to his family, @funkflex, @ciphasounds and all the pit bulls and flip squad"

Here's Rosenberg's Kap photo:

And of course the Twitter love has been pouring in for Kap: