Toronto mourns the loss of a hip-hop pioneer, MadLocks (aka MadLoxx) [News]
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).
Big shouts to The Smugglaz for posting some lost footage of MadLocks from 1997. The footage includes Circle members Kardinal Offishall and Choclair.
— Dusty Wallace (@TrappHerAJohn) August 29, 2013
Rest in peace to my close friend & brother Madloxx I will always love u fam I can still hear you… http://t.co/GNgsbik7Ch
— REBEL (@rebelsoundsmith) August 27, 2013
Rest in Paradise to the man who put me on my first track when i was 17, your legacy will live on #Madlocks
— Payso (@RichiePAYSO) August 29, 2013
To A Great Dude..A Guy Who I Started Rapping Around and showed me alot ..R.I.P MadLoxx My Condolences… http://t.co/HdrBlo5p3N
— Luu Breeze (@luubreeze) August 27, 2013
— BORN KING M. ALLAH (@BORNKINGMALLAH) August 28, 2013
— Tara Chase (@chasetarachase) August 28, 2013
— Franz Thomas™ (@FranzThomas) August 28, 2013
— Noah Shebib (@OVO40) August 27, 2013
Much condlonces to the fam and friends of Madloxx. The city is at a great lost of one of Toronto's trail blazers of hip hop.
— Cali Snipes (@slycali) August 28, 2013
— F.A.M.E. OUT NOW! (@GeeWunder) August 28, 2013
— Rich London (@ScarCityRidah) August 27, 2013
I was raised on Beatfactory records. RIP to Madlocks. http://t.co/u2rTQr8toO
— Michael J Warren (@ear2ear) August 27, 2013
— Grimace Love (@grimacelove) August 28, 2013
— Griziano Rivera (@DJGrouch) August 27, 2013
— Snaz (@snazduppro) August 28, 2013
— C▲S▲NOV▲ (@casanovaonline) August 27, 2013
Very saddened to get news about the passing of #Toronto MC Madlocks. God bless you bro.
— Dan-e-o (@Daneo10) August 28, 2013
— Gavin Sheppard *LL (@gavatista) August 28, 2013
— AR15TO (@AristoAMG) August 28, 2013
— ATRAYU (@RichieSosa) August 27, 2013
My mentor. My close friend. You were a brother to me fam. I'm missing you already. I never thought… http://t.co/mwwktjtuIL
— K Alexander akaY-Not (@ynotsoundsmith) August 27, 2013
— Mac (@MacSoundsmith) August 27, 2013