Chicago's DJ Rashad found dead
- 27 April 2014
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
DJ Rashad, a pioneer of Chicago's footwork and juke music scenes, has been found dead. He was in his mid-30s.
DJ Rashad's latest album Double Cup was ranked eighth in Rolling Stone's list of the best dance albums of 2013.
The magazine said it was "one of the year's freshest-sounding dance LPs, ominous and decidedly futuristic" and noted its "deep ties to early house and Detroit techno and echoes of '70s R&B and soul-jazz".
DJ Rashad's real name was Rashad Harden and his age was reported to be 34 or 35. He was at the forefront of juke and its offshoot footwork, ground-breaking sub-genres that evolved from house music.
They are dominated by frenetic beats and fractured samples and accompanied by athletic dance moves.