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Toronto mourns the loss of a hip-hop pioneer, MadLocks (aka MadLoxx) [News]

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Toronto, ON – Canadian hip-hop took a hit this week with the passing of two people considered to be pioneers in their respective city’s.

Yesterday we posted about Lethbridge, Alberta’s DJ Booda passing away Wednesday night and it seems we lost Toronto rap legend, MadLocks (aka MadLoxx), even earlier on Tuesday, August 27, due to health complications. On that day, some of Toronto’s most established artists – and a big piece of Toronto hip-hop history – took to Twitter to pay homage to their fallen friend and colleague.

Many of Toronto’s biggest names got their start on BeatFactory’s Rap Essentials compilations. In 1997, MadLocks, a Jamestown head who rolled with a group called Unit 7, was featured on Volume 2 with a big record called “Gusto” featuring Michelle Ricketts. According to a tweet from Tara Chase, he was also involved with her classic “Autonomy” single which was also featured on the project. For Rap Essentials Volume 2, MadLocks is credited with producing “Gusto” as well as Miche Mee’s big “Cover Girl” classic.

MadLocks became the first solo recording artist signed to BeatFactory Music in 1998 and used the opportunity to release the single, “In My Life,” featuring R&B crooner, Glenn Lewis, and then a full-length release entitled Nothing To Lose Much To Gain in 1999.

We’ve seen tweets from all kinds of notable people paying respects to the man including Noah “40″ Shebib, Saukrates, David “Click” Cox, The Smugglaz, YLook, Dan-e-o, Kwajo Cinqo (Ghetto Concept), The Remix Project’s Gavin Sheppard, DJ Power and more. Click the jump to check out some of the reactions we’ve seen.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Madlocks’ family at this time. He’ll be missed but never forgotten – keeping sharing his music (you can find some of our favourites after the jump).

Toronto mourns the loss of a hip-hop pioneer, MadLocks (aka MadLoxx) [News] - HipHopCanada.com

Big shouts to The Smugglaz for posting some lost footage of MadLocks from 1997. The footage includes Circle members Kardinal Offishall and Choclair.


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  1. HHC Reader

    Rest in peace Madlocks [who changed his name to Madloxx in the early 2000's], you will never be forgotten. With such music video impacts as “Snake Eyes,” & “8 Million Stories.” You paved the way with such heavy weights like Infinite, & Ghetto Concept as well. Much respect is due to your legacy.

  2. Christie

    R.I.P. King

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