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DJ Rashad

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DJ Rashad performing in Moscow in 2013
Background information
Birth name Rashad Hanif Harden
Born(1979-10-09)October 9, 1979
Hammond, Indiana, U.S.
Died April 26, 2014(2014-04-26) (aged 34)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Electronic, footwork, juke
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1998–2014 [1]
Labels Hyperdub
Juke Trax
Lit City Trax
Planet Mu

Rashad Harden (October 9, 1979 – April 26, 2014), known as DJ Rashad, was a Chicago-based electronic musician, producer and DJ known as a pioneer in the footwork genre [2] and founder of the Teklife crew. [3] He released his debut studio album Double Cup on Hyperdub in 2013 to critical praise. He died in April 2014 from a drug overdose. [4]

<i>Double Cup</i> 2013 studio album by DJ Rashad

Double Cup is the first studio album by footwork musician DJ Rashad, and the sole full-length released during his lifetime. It was released on October 20, 2013 via Hyperdub. The cover features a nighttime aerial shot of Chicago, Rashad's hometown.


Hyperdub is a London-based electronic music record label and former webzine, founded by Steve Goodman, a.k.a. Kode9. The label was formed in 2004, and grew out of the UK's early dubstep scene. Artists signed to the label have included Burial, Zomby, Cooly G, Dean Blunt, DJ Rashad, DVA, Fatima Al Qadiri, Ikonika, Jessy Lanza, Klein, and Laurel Halo.




Born in Hammond, Indiana on October 9, 1979, Rashad Hanif Harden was the son of Gloria and Anthony Harden. [5] [6] He grew up on 159th Street in the southern part of Calumet City, a suburb of Chicago. [7] [8] He developed an early interest in music and began to DJ in his early teens, influenced by house and juke. [9] In high school, Harden gained further DJ experience at the Kennedy-King College radio station WKKC. [10] He also became a member of local dance troupes, including the HouseOMatics, The Phyrm, and Wolf Pac. In 1992 he made his first public appearance as a DJ at his high school dance party jubilation. [11]

Hammond, Indiana City in Indiana, United States

Hammond is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. First settled in the mid-19th century, it is one of the oldest cities of northern Lake County. As of the 2010 United States census, it is also the largest in population: the 2010 population was 80,830, replacing Gary as the most populous city in Lake County. From north to south, Hammond runs from Lake Michigan down to the Little Calumet River; from east to west along its southern border, it runs from the Illinois state line to Cline Avenue. The city is traversed by numerous railroads and expressways, including the South Shore Line, Borman Expressway, and Indiana Toll Road.

House music is a genre of electronic dance music created by club DJs and music producers in Chicago in the early 1980s. Early house music was generally characterized by repetitive 4/4 beats, rhythms provided by drum machines, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines. While house displayed several characteristics similar to disco music, which preceded and influenced it, as both were DJ and record producer-created dance music, house was more electronic and minimalistic. The mechanical, repetitive rhythm of house was one of its main components. Many house compositions were instrumental, with no vocals; some had singing throughout the song with lyrics; and some had singing but no actual words.


WKKC 89.3 FM is an educational non-profit radio station in Chicago, Illinois licensed to be operated by Kennedy-King College.

While attending Thornwood High School, Harden met Morris Harper (aka DJ Spinn) during homeroom class. The two began to spend time at each other's houses producing tracks and performing at parties. [11] Harden was one of the founders of the Teklife crew and developed the footwork style around dance battles in the Chicago metropolitan area. [10] His first recording released to vinyl was the track "Child Abuse" on Dance Mania in 1998. [5] He gained further global attention after releasing his single "Itz Not Rite" on Planet Mu and being included on their Bangs and Works album in 2010. [5]

Thornwood High School is a public high school located in South Holland, Illinois, United States. It was built as part of Thornton Township High School District 205.

Street dance

A street dance is a dance style that evolved outside dance studios in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, raves, and nightclubs. A street dance is a vernacular dance in an urban context. Vernacular dances are often improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and other dancers. These dances are a part of the vernacular culture of the geographical area that they come from. Examples of street dance include b-boying, which originated in New York City.

Chicago metropolitan area Metropolitan region in the United States

The Chicago metropolitan area, or Chicagoland, is the metropolitan area that includes the city of Chicago, Illinois, and its suburbs. With an estimated CSA population of 9.9 million people and an MSA population of 9.5 million people, it is the third largest metropolitan area in the United States.

In 2013, Harden released the EPs I Don't Give a Fuck and Rollin' on Kode9's Hyperdub label. These were followed by the debut full-length album Double Cup (2013), which featured collaborations with DJ Spinn, Taso, DJ Phil, Manny, Earl and Addison Groove. [5] He was one of the performers at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago in 2013 and completed support-slot on the tour of Chance the Rapper in December 2013. [12] His last performance as a DJ was at Vinyl Club in Denver, CO on April 24, 2014. [5]

Kode9 British musician

Steve Goodman, known as Kode9 is a Scottish electronic music artist, DJ, and founder of the Hyperdub record label. Initially inspired by what he calls the "hardcore continuum" of British dance music, he was one of the founding members of the early dubstep scene with the late MC and former collaborator The Spaceape. He has released three full-length albums: Memories of the Future (2006) and Black Sun (2011), both with The Spaceape, and Nothing (2015).

Pitchfork Music Festival

The Pitchfork Music Festival is an annual summer music festival organized by Pitchfork Media and held in Union Park in Chicago, IL. The festival, which is normally held over three days in July, focuses primarily on artists and bands from alternative rock, hip hop, electronica, and dance music, although it has also ranged into hardcore punk, experimental rock, and jazz in its lineups.

Chance the Rapper American rapper and philanthropist from Illinois

Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known professionally as Chance the Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter.


On Saturday, April 26, 2014, Harden was found dead at an apartment on West 21st Street, Chicago. [12] [13] An autopsy confirmed that the death was drug related, with cocaine and alprazolam being found in Rashad's system. [14]

Cocaine chemical compound

Cocaine, also known as coke, is a strong stimulant mostly used as a recreational drug. It is commonly snorted, inhaled as smoke, or dissolved and injected into a vein. Mental effects may include loss of contact with reality, an intense feeling of happiness, or agitation. Physical symptoms may include a fast heart rate, sweating, and large pupils. High doses can result in very high blood pressure or body temperature. Effects begin within seconds to minutes of use and last between five and ninety minutes. Cocaine has a small number of accepted medical uses such as numbing and decreasing bleeding during nasal surgery.

Alprazolam A medication of the benzodiazepine type

Alprazolam, sold under the trade name Xanax among others, is a short-acting benzodiazepine. It is most commonly used in short term management of anxiety disorders, specifically panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Other uses include chemotherapy-induced nausea, together with other treatments. GAD improvement occurs generally within a week. Alprazolam is available by mouth.

A variety of artists paid tribute to Rashad, with Vice writing that "Rashad will undoubtedly be remembered as one of contemporary dance music's most innovative stylists and most irreplaceable presences." [15] On June 29, 2015, Hyperdub released the 6613 EP, a four-track EP of previously unheard tracks by DJ Rashad. Afterlife was Harden's last album. It featured previously unreleased songs in collaboration with other members of the Teklife crew. It was released on April 8, 2016, as the first release of the new Teklife Records label. [16]

Vice Media LLC is a Canadian digital media and broadcasting company. Originating from the Montreal-based Vice magazine co-founded by Suroosh Alvi, Shane Smith, and Gavin McInnes, Vice expanded primarily into youth and young adult–focused digital media, including online content verticals and related web series, the news division Vice News, a film production studio, and a record label among other properties. In 2015 Vice Media was called "[arguably] a poster child for new-media success—especially when it comes to attracting a valuable millennial audience."



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  2. "BBC item" Entertainment Newsdesk, 'Chicago's DJ Rashad found dead', BBC News, April 27, 2014
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 "Pitchfork news" Amy Phillips and Evan Minsker, "DJ Rashad Autopsy Inconclusive', Pitchfork Media, April 28, 2014
  6. Los Angeles Times (April 28, 2014). "Passings: Michael Heisley, DJ Rashad". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  7. Greg Kot (April 27, 2014). "DJ Rashad dead; dance music innovator Rashad dead at 34". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  8. LAST Q&A with DJ RASHAD
  9. Staff. "Autopsy: DJ Rashad, music innovator, died of accidental drug overdose". Chicago Tribune . Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  10. 1 2 "Suntimes newsitem" Archived April 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine . Becky Schlikerman, Mark Guatino & Brandon Wall, 'House music, footwork icon DJ Rashad found dead on South Side', Chicago Sun-Times, April 26, 2014
  11. 1 2 "Billboard – incl. official statement" Harley Brown, 'DJ Rashad Dead at 34 (Update)', Billboard, April 28, 2014.
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