Chuck D, DJ Premier and more have paid tribute to the New Jersey-born legend.
DJ Ready Red, a founding member of legendary Houston rap outfit Geto Boys, has died aged 53.
“He gave us our sound… to say he was a pioneer would be an understatement. Red was before his time. There’s a lot of producers today that are eating off of Red and don’t even know why their bellies are full,” Willie D said on Instagram.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1965, DJ Ready Red – real name Collins Adams Leysath – worked as the Geto Boys’ first DJ and producer and contributed to their first three albums, 1988’s Making Trouble, 1989’s Grip It! On That Other Level, and 1990’s Rick Rubin-produced The Geto Boys. Leysath also produced Willie D’s 1989 debut solo album, Controversy.
Red left the Rap-A-Lot Records group prior to the release of their 1991 album, We Can’t Be Stopped, over disputes surrounding payment. “I stood my ground … I have no regrets all these years later because I see that nothing has been accomplished,” Leysath said in 2013.
“[J. Prince] still has all the money. Everybody has been through something dealing with this record company and nobody has anything. I’m glad I got out.”
Members from the hip-hop community have paid tribute to DJ Ready Red on social media.