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Pam the Funkstress, Legendary DJ For Prince & The Coup, Has Died

Pam the Funkstress, Legendary DJ For Prince & The Coup, Has Died

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We lost a true hip-hop legendary DJ.

Bay Area legend Pam Warren, who is better known as DJ Pam the Funkstress, died on December 22nd due to organ failure, according to KQED

Pam the Funkstress was one of the more important figures in the Bay Area’s long storied hip-hop history.

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The DJ is most famously known for being one half of the influential group The Coup, along with rapper Boots Riley. Together, the two released six albums, including the classic, Steal This Album.

Pam would get some more fame in 2016 when she became Prince‘s personal DJ, DJing his after-parties during the Piano and a Microphone Tour. Prince was so impressed with how Pam spun — usually a mix of funk and old-school hip-hop — that he gave her the nickname Purple Pam.

READ: Prince’s Personal DJ Pam The Funkstress Is In Critical Condition At Hospital

As the news started to spread, a number of notable figures went to social media to pay their respect to a true pioneer:

Rest Easy Pam The Funktress. OG Bay Love ❤️ ❤️❤️

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Boots Riley has not yet put out a statment.

Before she passed, Pam the Funkstress’ family set up a GoFundMe to help pay for health expenses. We imagine they could still use the assistance.

Source: KQED



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