The hip hop community is in mourning after news broke on February 3 that legendary DJ Big Kap had died at the age of 45. His cause of death has not been made public. In response to the sad news, some of the most prominent members of the rap world have taken to Instagram to pay their tributes to Big Kap, born Keith Carter in New York City.
According to his Facebook page, his last gig was in November 2015. On that page he's describes as, "One of the most respected and well known dj's to ever step on the scene from Biggie to Shade45 BIG KAP is a true legend and pioneer in the hiphop game." The famed DJ was due to play a show on February 3, the day his death was announced, according to his Instagram page.
Big Kap is possibly best remembered for his 1999 album "The Tunnel" with Funkmaster Flex. It featured posthumous contributions from Biggie Smalls and 2Pac as well verses from Dr. Dre, Nas, Eminem and Jay-Z. According to MTV, the album debuted at 35 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, shifting nearly 100,000 copies in its first week. He described the album to the network saying, "We play worldwide hip-hop in the Tunnel, whether it’s West Coast, Dirty South, Miami, New Orleans, wherever it’s coming from. If it’s good and we like it, we play it, no matter where it’s from...We didn’t want to short ourselves on artists, so we put our heads together and went for what we like and the people we like"
The album was named for the legendary nightclub The Tunnel, where Kap and Flex used to spin records on Sunday nights.
Here are the most touching, heartfelt tributes that were posted to Instagram in the wake of Big Kap's passing: