Close friends Say Goodbye To new york Hip Hop Pioneer Chuck Freeze
#DXCLUSIVE: DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell, Rahiem of The Furious Five, MC Kimba, Ralph McDaniels, The Original Clark Kent and Kool Kyle remember the Jazz 5-legend.
Queens, NY, New York City Hip-Hop pioneer Chuck Freeze passed away Sunday (April 1). According to the New York Daily News, 54-year-old, a founding member of The Jazzy 5 was found "unconscious and unresponsive" at his home in Hollis, Queens.
The New York City Medical Examiner's office reports that confirmed the official cause of death was heart disease and high blood pressure.
The Jazz 5 of the song with Afrika Bambaataa, 1981 "Jazzy Sensation" was the famous phrase sampled by the Beastie Boys for two tracks on 1989's Paul's Boutique — "Hey Ladies" and "Shake Your Butt." It was also sampled by artists like De La Soul, Prince Paul, Steinski and Double Dee.
Several of Freeze close friends spoke to HipHopDX about his impact on Hip-Hop culture, including the co-founder of the iconic Hip Hop show Video Music of Ralph McDaniels, who spoke to Freeze on a weekly basis.
"I had my last conversation with Chuck Freeze last week about the new technology and their understanding of how Hip Hop should cover all aspects of what is happening now," McDaniels said DX. "He taught me a couple of things that I didn't know that night. Thank you Chuck A Luck for his time. Peaceful path."
DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell, another pioneer of the City of New York Hip-Hop figure, had been known to Freeze since they were teenagers.
"I knew Chuck since he was 15 years of age," Kevie Kev said to DX. "We also went to high school together at John F. Kennedy high school. He was one of my mother's favorites. The only way that I was able to go see my legendary brothers then is when Chuck was going on, then my mother would allow me to go. I fell in love with the Dj work and one day Chuck happened to mention to my mother. So, on my birthday, she brought me some of the equipment the advice of my friend Chuck. Since then, we both went on to become legends of Hip Hop."
Rahiem of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, admits that he was surprised by the news.