Earlier this week, Chicago-based DJ Rashad (Rashad Harden) died at 34 from a suspected drug overdose. Rashad, along with his crew Teklife, pioneered Juke music and played a prominent role in expanding the sound internationally.
This news is especially saddening as DJ Rashad was just beginning to become a household name within the global electronic music community. After years of establishing himself within a small and regionally isolated juke scene, it seemed that he had finally found a way to bring both his music and the work of his close peers into the limelight. It’s tragic to have lost such an innovator at a time where his career was just taking off. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, here are a few of my favorite Rashad tunes. RIP.