DJ/producer Disco D (real name Dave Shaymen) committed suicide yesterday at age 26.
The St. Louis native came up in Ann Arbor, MI, and is considered a pioneer in ghetto-tech, “a raw fusion of electronic booty music that emanated from Detroit in the late ‘90s.”
After releasing several acclaimed indie albums in the ‘90s, Shaymen worked on Nina Sky’s debut album, collaborated on dancehall remixes of Christina Milian’s “Whatever U Want” (peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart) and Pharrell’s #1 single “Frontin,” and produced 50 Cent’s hit “Ski Mask Way” from the Grammy-nominated album The Massacre.
work included records with Trick Daddy (“I Pop”) and Lil’ Scrappy
(“Right Away”), and remixes for Shiny Toy Guns (“Le Disko”) and Crime
Mob (“Rock Yo Hips”). Plus, he just launched a Brazilian urban label
and a bilingual Brazilian hip hop group.
“I ran around Detroit since I was 15, I ran around Kingston,” Shaymen told the Montreal Mirror last year. “I mean, dude, I’m bipolar, I tried to commit suicide twice, like, I’m not scared of anything, know what I’m sayin’? I don’t give a fuck, dude—to me, life’s a big video game.”
Suddenly, I feel kinda dirty playing World of Warcraft while listening to 50 Cent….oh well…
Bigshotmag.com: Disco D Commits Suicide