DJ Mister Cee died at 57: 50 Cent pays tribute to the rap producer who worked with Notorious BIG: “RIP to the legend”

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DJ Mister Cee died at 57: 50 Cent pays tribute to the rap producer who worked with Notorious BIG: “RIP to the legend”

Prominent New York radio personality and DJ producer Mister Cee has died at the age of 57, his home station HOT 97 announced Wednesday.

“As a family at HOT 97 and WBLS, we are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Mr. Cee, he was not only a DJ; he was a mainstay of our stations, bringing joy to countless listeners with his legendary Throwback at Noon and Friday Night Live sets,” the radio station said Wednesday.

The station added: “Mr. Cee’s influence extends far beyond the airwaves, shaping the very fabric of New York’s DJ culture.

“Our hearts are heavy as we send our love and condolences to his family and fans whose lives he touched through his music, rest assured Mr. Cee. Your legacy will live on forever.

The music industry professional’s cause of death had not been made public as of Wednesday evening.

Prominent New York radio personality and DJ producer Mister Cee has died at the age of 57, his home station HOT 97 announced Wednesday. Photographed in 2018 in New York

Prominent New York radio personality and DJ producer Mister Cee has died at the age of 57, his home station HOT 97 announced Wednesday. Photographed in 2018 in New York

DJ Mister Cee, whose full name was Calvin LeBrun, also made a name for himself producing Biggie Smalls’ 1994 album Ready To Die.

Rapper 50 Cent, 48, paid tribute, writing: “RIP to the legend MR.” God bless him, to all his family and friends, I send my condolences.

Rapper MC Lyte, 53, said she was “heartbroken” at the news and “didn’t expect this at all”, adding: “God bless her soul. Mr. Cee Rest in power and peace!!’

DJ Jazzy Jeff, 59, posted a photo of himself with Mister Cee, saying: “Rest in peace DJ Mister Cee.”

Peter Rosenberg, 44, of HOT 97, said in a tweet: “We have lost the iconic Mr. Cee. I listened to it yesterday and I am completely shocked. He was a dear friend to us all, a wonderful man and one of the most important and influential DJs of all time. I love you Cee.’

Mister Cee had spent 21 years working at HOT 97 with the show Throwback at Noon, which featured artists such as 50 Cent, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys before achieving mainstream success.

After his time at HOT 97, he worked weekday afternoons at 94.7 The Block and was featured on the SiriusXM show Rock The Bells.

Mister Cee was also known for his affiliation with rapper Big Daddy Kane, as he was friends with the 55-year-old rapper since high school and was his official DJ, according to the station.

Rapper 50 Cent paid tribute on several social media platforms, writing: “RIP to the legend MR.  God bless him, to all his family and friends I send my condolences.

Rapper 50 Cent paid tribute on several social media platforms, writing: “RIP to the legend MR. God bless him, to all his family and friends I send my condolences.

Rapper MC Lyte, 53, said she was “heartbroken” at the news and “didn’t expect this at all”, adding: “God bless her soul.  Mr. Cee Rest in power and peace!!'

Rapper MC Lyte, 53, said she was “heartbroken” at the news and “didn’t expect this at all”, adding: “God bless her soul. Mr. Cee Rest in power and peace!!’

A number of Mister Cee's fans and radio peers offered their condolences at the news of his passing.

A number of Mister Cee’s fans and radio peers offered their condolences at the news of his passing.

The industry professional, also nicknamed The Finisher, was associate executive producer on Notorious BIG’s Ready To Die, which featured the singles Juicy, Big Poppa and One More Chance.

He said of his association with Biggie Smalls, who was fatally shot in March 1997: “The first time I met him was when his DJ 50 Grand, rest in peace, brought Big to my house ” Mr. Cee said of the professional alliance. , according to HOT 97. “The plan was we were going to redo the basement demo that he and 50 Grand put together.

“Big was very shy. He always talked with his head down and said, “Yo man, don’t promise me anything, man. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. And I’m like, no, we’re going to redo the demo.

He continued the creative process: “I started going through and picking out the beats that were hot at the time, and the beat that Biggie chose was the laid back “I Didn’t Mean To” beat to make the infamous “Biggie Smalls is the”. The baddest/born***** say I’m an asshole, I dare you to put your shit in there.”

“We did this take, maybe two, and if you listen to the freestyle, at the end you’ll hear a fire truck driving by. We weren’t in a studio, we were at my house.

Mister Cee was affiliated with the New York-based DJ consortium The Flip Squad in 1998, according to The US Sun. He was joined in the group by the late Biz Markie, founder Funkmaster Flex and Big Kap, DJ Enuff, Cipha Sounds, Frankie Cutlass, DJ Riz, Mark Ronson and DJ Doo Wop.

Mister Cee was also involved with the Juice Crew, a hip-hop consortium based around the Queensbridge Houses in Queens, New York. Other group members included Markie, DJ Mr. Magic, MC Shan, Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane, Craig G and Kool G Rap, according to the outlet.

The DJ and producer was dressed in an all-black ensemble during an April 2023 event in New York.

The DJ and producer was dressed in an all-black ensemble during an April 2023 event in New York.

The music industry veteran was photographed in front of a turntable at an April 2023 event in New York.

The music industry veteran was photographed in front of a turntable at an April 2023 event in New York.

The revered professional, pictured in 2015 in New York, was praised by a number of his peers and fans following the news of his death.

The revered professional, pictured in 2015 in New York, was praised by a number of his peers and fans following the news of his death.

After his time at HOT 97, he worked weekday afternoons at 94.7 The Block and was featured on the SiriusXM show Rock The Bells.

After his time at HOT 97, he worked weekday afternoons at 94.7 The Block and was featured on the SiriusXM show Rock The Bells.

Mister Cee was seen posing with Sean 'Diddy' Combs and DJ Enough in December 2005.

Mister Cee was seen posing with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and DJ Enough in December 2005.

Mr Cee said he produced the album “with two turntables, just cutting the record back and forth”, adding: “We had a cheesy little mic that was better than the mic 50 Grand had at home .”

Mr. Cee had already faced some legal trouble, having made headlines in May 2013 when he was arrested in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, where authorities said he attempted to solicit a prostitute who was actually an undercover agent.

According to BET, he was arrested in 2011 for lewd conduct following an incident involving a male escort in a parked automobile, and was “arrested in 2010 for a similar offense.”

Mister Cee discussed his “well-documented” past legal difficulties and his sexuality in a March 2021 interview on the Kitchen Talk podcast, saying he was “sexually experimental” in the sense that he was willing to “try anything “.

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