According to XXL, DJ Big Kap, a New York native who worked alongside the Notorious B.I.G. and created The Tunnel album with DJ Funk Flex, passed away at the age of 45 on Wednesday morning (Feb. 3).
At this time, no cause of death is known. The hip-hop community has expressed their sadness throughout social media, with a few dedications included below.
One of the many legend-building moments for Kap, born Keith Carter, was perhaps a 1995 Summer Jam set in which the Notorious B.I.G. threw his water bottle at the DJ for repeatedly messing up. In an interview with The Fader, from Spring 2011, Kap recalled the performance (see below), saying, “I’m throwing the records and it’s like, alright, cool we’re going through it. But it’s so hot the heat is actually warping the records. The records is melting! So the records are warping right before me and it’s just like woooommp… So, I go to Big’s room, and I knock on the door. And then he opens the door laughing! And he got a bunch of girls in the room!”
“I’m bashful and I’m like, ‘Yo, I’m sorry, I apologize for all that.’ He was like, ‘Man, I knew! I saw those records. I knew it was the sun and all that. But I couldn’t let them think that it was me out there messing up!’”
The occasion was indicative of Big’s and Kap’s comical relationship, with Big often playing jokes on the DJ. Watch the video of the Summer Jam performance below and read remembrances from Funk Flex, Peter Rosenberg, DJ Enuff and more.
We were blessed with Big Kap’s presence on 12/13/12 when he hung out with us on Sway in the Morning and took over our turn-tables for a dope 30-minute guest mix.
Take a listen below. RIP Big Kap.