Esteemed Los Angeles music veteran DJ Crazy Toones, best known for his work with ’90s hip-hop collective WC and the Maad Circle, as well as rappers like Kurupt, MC Ren, Ice Cube and Young Maylay, has reportedly died. Toones also served as Ice Cube’s DJ. (Billboard has reached out to Ice Cube’s rep for comment.)
The DJ, born Lamar Dupré Calhoun, was remembered on Twitter by MCs and producers alike, including Ice-T and Alchemist. “OG Crazy Toones was a Real WestCoast Rider… Man!!,” tweeted Ice-T, who also worked with WC and the Maad Circle.
WC and the Maad Circle, comprised of Toones, longtime Ice Cube producer Sir Jinx and “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper Coolio, released two albums with 1991’s Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed and 1995’s Curb Servin’, home to the singles “West Up!” and “The One.”
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OG Crazy Toones was a Real WestCoast Rider… Man!! https://t.co/0bbcowBXC3
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) January 9, 2017
Rest in Peace DJ Crazy Toones.
— Alchemist (@Alchemist) January 9, 2017
— EricBobo (@ericbobo) January 9, 2017
RIP DJ Crazy Toones
Westside Connection For Ever !
We gone miss you homie pic.twitter.com/FNgkDGtQGU
— Mack 10 (@OfficialMack10) January 9, 2017
— WARLORD (@DjLORDofficial) January 9, 2017
Man, so bummed to hear about DJ @crazytoones – such a good dude. RIP, my man.
— DJ Z-TRIP (@ztrip) January 9, 2017
— IG: TechImmortal (@ImmortalTech) January 9, 2017
RIP to a true west coast legend. @crazytoones
Your mixtapes and I mean real mixtapes will always stay in my possession. ———-
— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) January 9, 2017
I don’t even know how to say this one! It’s not even comprehending to my mind right now… The Man Pictured On The Left… R.I.P. To DJ Crazy Toones… He’s WC’s brother and also ICE CUBE’s DJ and one if my best friends on the West Coast since I was 21 years old… I just got the news… We have so many memories beyond my career in HIP HOP! Just Friend Shit! This is so hard to accept but I have to bcuz we all have a start and an ending in this life… To the Calhoun Family We Are Here For You! I could write a book for all the words I have to say about Toones… Love You Lamar Calhoun! Fly On… @therealdubwc @icecube @mayleeno #PremierWuzHere
I just lost my homie, brother, DJ, confidant and love one. Crazy Toones passed away today and I’m fucked up about it. We miss you & love u. pic.twitter.com/hsBHIJ4J2y
— Ice Cube (@icecube) January 9, 2017