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Roc On: Grandmaster Roc Raida

Solid As A Roc: Grandmaster Roc Raida (1972-2009)

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For Grandmaster Roc Raida, an influential DJ with the turntablist group the X-Ecutioners (aka the X-Men). The legendary DJ passed away Sept. 19 from complications related to a mixed martial-arts accident.

A New York native, Roc Raida (real name Anthony Williams) was an infamous figure on the DJ battle scene in the early '80s along with fellow X-Men brethren Rob Swift, Mister Sinister and Total Eclipse. Arguably, the greatest trick DJ in hip-hop history, Roc won the DMC World DJ Championship in 1995.

In addition, he released seven solo albums along with several group LPs with the X-Ecutioners. Before Roc's untimely death, he had been Busta Rhymes' live DJ.

"I never met a more humble man in the industry," eulogizes Busta on his Twitter page. "So unbelievably talented and most importantly such beautiful spirit. I love you my brother. I will never let your name die DJ Roc Raida! We love you, we miss you and we'll never stop reppin' you!"

Anthony "DJ Roc Raida" Williams is survived by his loving wife Tyeasha Williams, three beautiful daughters (Asia, Nyra and Tia), one son (Earl Tyric Smiley), his mother (Brenda Williams-Bolling), step-father (Clarence Bolling), and several aunts, cousins and dear friends.

A memorial service/funeral for Roc Raida will be held in New York on Sept. 24:

MT Nebo Baptist Church

1883 Adam Clayton Powell JR Blvd (7th Avenue) & 114th St.

Harlem, N.Y.

Viewing: 10am - 12:30pm
 | Service: 12:30- 3pm


Nah Right: Audio: Busta Rhymes Remembers Roc Raida

Unkut: A Musical Salute to Roc Raida

(R.I.P.) Rest in Power Roc Raida!

After the cut, check out why Grandmaster Roc Raida scratches were so damn Frrreeesshhh!

DJ Roc Raida at the 1995 DMC World Championship

DJ Roc Raida Practicing His Routine For 1996 DMC World Championship

DJ Roc Raida Live at Busta Rhymes show Metropolis Montreal August 2009

DJ Roc Raida Killing It On the 1's & 2's