Rest In Eternal Power, Big Kap! | 1971 - 2016
In the ’90s, when hip-hop was filled to the brim with multi-platinum artists like Jay Z, Lil’ Kim and DMX, there was one place you would find these acts and others when it came down to having a good time: New York City’s The Tunnel.
Big Kap, a celebrated DJ and one of the lords alongside Funkmaster Flex at the Gotham staple, has passed away this Wednesday morning. Reports about his death stemmed from Flex’s Instagram and was doubled-down upon by those close to the hip-hop performer. Big Kap, born Keith Carter, was only 45 years of age.
Instrumental in spearheading the careers of the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Kap was a member of The Flip Squad, a collective that boasted members such as Mister Cee, Funkmaster Flex and a host of East Coast rappers. His 1999 album, The Tunnel, fell in vein with the popular projects of the time and featured verses from hip-hop luminaries like Jay Z, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nas, as well as posthumous contributions from B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
The effort would go on to move 100,000 in its first week of release and debut at No. 35 on the Billboard charts.
The cause of Big Kap’s death has not yet been announced. Aside from his own music, Kap was king of crushing the clubs as a DJ. “When I’m DJing, I’m more concerned about the room,” Kap told MTV in an interview. “So, I’m playing the more cutting-edge stuff that people like, going with the cutting-edge vibe and mixing it with old school and the hits.”
At press time, artists such as Questlove, Talib Kweli, Biz Markie, fellow turntable-specialist DJ Khaled and radio personality Peter Rosenberg have all paid tribute to Kap on social media since news of his death has been announced.
Below, get familiar or pay remembrance to the legend of Big Kap, by listening to his standout cut from The Tunnel.