Mark Ronson and Biggie Smalls collaborator DJ Big Kap passes away, aged 45

New York hip-hop veteran died from a heart attack in the early hours

It has been confirmed that New York hip-hop DJ Big Kap has passed away.

DJ Big Kap, real name Keith Carter, became synonymous with New York’s rap heyday, working extensively with Funkmaster Flex running parties at The Tunnel.

He was also affiliated with crew The Flip Squad with Flex, Mister Cee, Cipha Sounds, DJ Snuff and a rising Mark Ronson as members.

The DJ, aged 45, reportedly passed away from a heart attack in the early hours of today (February 3). The reasons for his passing were confirmed by his tour manager, Ab Traxx, when he spoke to Billboard.

“He just got on this radio station based in Atlanta and he was basically doing the groundwork,” says Ab to Billboard of the DJs work to secure a 40-date tour featuring artists from his Burn Unit Crew.

“Last night when I talked to him, he was fine” continues Ab. “He was on the computer at 1 a.m. and then I got the phone call at 4 in the morning from the artist he stays with, Bank Boy Drop. He’s an artist based out of Florida we was actually workin’ on”.

Tributes have been pouring in from the likes of Flex, DJ Khaled and producer Rick Ross.

Rest in Peace…. Big Kap….

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Ab then went on to confirm that the rapper had no history of previous cardiac trouble “Not that I know of. He had diabetes but I don’t think it had anything to do with [his death]”.

Kap was due to play at a gig in Atlanta today (February 3).

He remained a prominent force on the New York scene and in 1999 released compilation album ‘The Tunnel’ paying homage to the regular hotspot. It featured 2Pac, Biggie, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Raekwon, Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, and more.

You can listen to a track from the album below, featuring Flex, Eminem and Dr.Dre.