Rest In Peace, DJ Hideo

By Rahman Dukes

Gone but not forgotten. This past weekend family, friends and fans came out to say their final goodbye to record spinner DJ Hideo, who passed away the week prior from complications from colon cancer. The famed Bum Squad DJ who coined the phrase “Live Life” admitted himself to a local hospital back in February when he was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer that had already spread to his liver. To raise awareness on the deadly disease, Hideo launched a blog that gave frequent updates on his condition.

The last blog entry, posted on April 24, read: “Hi everyone! Wanted to let everybody know that I check in back @ Mission hospital last week because of the weakness that I’ve been feeling for the past week. My vitals are stable and now need the assistance of a ventilator to breathe. I’m very aware of my condition and communicate in writing. Right now, the one thing I really do miss is drinking a nice ice cold soda.”

Sadly enough, those would be Hideo’s last words. That same day, Hideo passed away surrounded by family and friends.

Hideo was well known as a professor at the Jam Master Jay Scratch DJ Academy and more importantly his stint at radio station KKBT 100.3, where he worked as a mix show director for a decade. Hideo also worked alongside West Coast legends Cypress Hill.

In support of the Hideo legacy and to assist with the mounting medical bills, Hideo’s Bum Squad family will hold a special tribute concert tonight at the Highlands Hollywood in Los Angeles. Check it out if you’re in the neighborhood, both to help out and to pay your respects to a great talent.