DJ Rashad, pioneering figure in Chicago's footwork scene, has died. The news was confirmed by Rashad's friends and collaborators DJ Godfather and DJ Spinn. An official statement is coming on Monday, according to a representative. He was 35.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a friend found Rashad dead at his home on Chicago's West Side Saturday afternoon. A drug overdose is the suspected cause of death, according to police. An autopsy is scheduled to take place tomorrow.
Born Rashad Harden, DJ Rashad was instrumental in bringing the frenetic Chicago style of dance music to a global audience. His last album Double Cup, was released through the British label Hyperdub, forging a link between U.S. and UK bass cultures.
DJ Rashad's new EP We On 1 will be released next week.