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RIP DJ Roc Raida

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 23, 2009 by Jack

One of the world’s greatest scratch and trick DJs, Grandmaster Roc Raida, has died aged 37.

The cause of his death is not entirely clear, but it appears he died of complications after surgery for a Krav Maga (a form of mixed martial arts) injury.

Roc Raida won the 1995 DMC World DJ Chamionship, and was a member of the legendary turntablist group the X-Ecutioners. On both solo and group records he worked with such artists as Kool G Rap, Large Professor and MOP. He appeared exclusively as Busta Rhymes’ tour DJ, and founded the Gong DJ battle in the US.

There are so many great videos out there of Roc Raida performing, it’s took me a few days to try and work out which ones I wanted to post. Here he is at the 1995 DMC World DJ championships, which he won:

And here he appears with the other X-Ecutioners at the 1999 DMC finals:

The greatest thing about Roc Raida for me is that he was one of those DJs that makes you want to be one too. His contribution to the fantastic DJ documentary ‘Scratch’ (there’s a torrent here, the site has porny ads down the side, sorry) is amazing, and if you haven’t seen that film, you need it in your life! Here’s a bit from it:

On youtube as well though, there are many little clips where he gives aspiring DJs tips and hints. Have a search for ‘DJ 101’. Here’s one where he shows you how to beatjuggle for example:

Roc Raida was great innovator, artist and educator. His death is a great loss to global hip hop.

Here’s some links to his records (via

Beats, Cuts, Skits

The Adventures of Roc Raida