Pam the Funkstress, Legendary DJ For Prince & The Coup, Has Died
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:
\u201cOne 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\u201d— Scott Morris \u2600\ufe0f (@Scott Morris \u2600\ufe0f) 1513991541
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.