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.
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.
As the news started to spread, a number of notable figures went to social media to pay their respect to a true pioneer:
The Coup is one of the best and most important groups in hip hop, R.I.P. Pam the Funkstress
— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) December 23, 2017
RIP Pam the Funktress, a Bay Area legend. pic.twitter.com/E4hhcNwbS5
— Too $hort (@TooShort) December 23, 2017
— C H U Y (@ChuyGomez) December 23, 2017
Oh no, sad to hear that #PamTheFunkstress has passed. A legend in the bay, and so respected that Prince himself named her Purple Pam. Peace to Pam & all her loved ones.
— Anil Dashing Through The Snow (@anildash) December 23, 2017
One of the best parts of moving to Oakland was that when I went to see The Coup, Pam the Funkstress was there. She didn’t go on tour and only played Bay Area shows with them, and even stopped doing that after Sorry to Bother You came out. So glad I got to see her perform. RIP pic.twitter.com/7yp7lCHlNk
— Scott Morris (@OakMorr) December 23, 2017
— ⚡️DJ Styles⚡️ (@somanystyles) December 22, 2017
This definitely broke my heart . She was one of my Heros my Idols she was a big part to women in the Bay Area yet the world ! Seeing her DEEJAY for the first time was like sunshine in a dark room ! After she did her set she said “they gone respect me” and my lady at the end of the day when everything ends YOU GOT THE RESPECT YOU DESERVED ! Thankyou for being the face for all of us WOMEN DEEJAYS 😢💔💔 #pamthefunkstress 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
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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.