Pam the Funkstress, DJ for The Coup and Prince, Dies at 51

Raymond 'Boots' Riley & DJ Pam the Funkstress
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Raymond 'Boots' Riley (L) and DJ Pam the Funkstress, at The Fillmore in San Francisco on May 3, 2002. 

Pam Warren, the DJ famously known as Pam the Funkstress during her time with <a href="/music/The-Coup">The Coup</a> and <a href="/music/Prince">Prince</a>, died Friday (Dec. 22) at age 51.

After being hospitalized for the past month after organ transplant surgery, Warren suffered organ failure, the <a href="" target="_blank">San Francisco Chronicle</a> reported.

She served as Prince's personal DJ for several months before his death in 2016, when the music icon nicknamed her "Purple Pam."

As a member of Oakland hip-hop duo The Coup, she contributed to 1993's Kill My Landlord, 1994's Genocide & Juice, 1998's Steal This Album, 2001's Party Music and 2006's Pick a Bigger Weapon.


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