I was listening to the latest episode of IndieFeed Hip Hop on the way into work this morning, and in it Roc Doogie was giving shouts to the greats who have died, J-Dilla, Jam-Master Jay, etc., and then he mentioned one that caught me off guard, Roc Raida. I forgot about that.
He died last fall, and I guess I didn't let it sink in, or have been suffering from some sort of denial. Roc Raida is one of the greatest turntablists, and hugely inspirational to me. The way he used the decks as an instrument -- especially with the X-Ecutioners -- was mind blowing.
Those were literally the greatest live shows I ever went to. One of the best memories I have of them was in a very small venue here in Ottawa, Babylon, on a Friday. It was a wild, intimate show; it was clear he was diggin' it too. Then again the following night at a huge party in Toronto, where they told the Toronto crowd that they were "nothing compared Ottawa." Awesome.
I think I'm ready to continue in my mourning, skip the anger, bargaining, and depression, and get on with acceptance.
Rest in peace, Raida.
Here are some videos to bask in: