The Internet was abuzz over the weekend after news of the sudden and unexpected passing on Saturday morning of two different MC artists on opposite coasts. NYC emcee Sean Price died in his sleep on Saturday morning (August 8th). Also on Saturday morning, San Francisco rapper Digg of U.D.I. fame died of, as yet, unconfirmed causes. Making it more tragic is that both of these hip-hop artists were relatively young men, each only in their early 40s. Born Derrick Reed, Digg (or Dig) was one half of the famed Hunters Point, San Francisco rap duo U.D.I. (Under Da Influence) with Quinton "Big Quint" Morris. They came to fame in the '90s and, along with such acts as 11/5 and Cold World Hustlers, shaped the sound of San Francisco street rap of that era, working with many of the same rappers and producers.
These same collaborating artists/lifelong friends have been taking to social media since Saturday to express their grief and shock about his sudden tragic death. This long list includes producer Mr. Laid for whom the passing was extra profound. Mr. Laid, aka Marvelle Reed, is the deceased rapper's brother and sometime musical collaborator. Along with Chill Black, Race Smith, Reggie Smith, and T.C., he was a producer for U.D.I.'s 1995 debut on DogDay Records. Laid went online yesterday to post a photo along with the lyrics to the song "Brotha Luv" off that DogDay album with such lyrics as "We'll do it again when we get to the other side because that Brotha Luv runs deep."