News today has broken that DJ Crazy Toones (born Lamar Dupré Calhoun) has passed away. An accomplished DJ and producer, Toones joined Coolio as a member of WC & The Maad Circle for much of the 1990s. The real-life brother of WC, Crazy Toones worked closely with Westside Connection and Lench Mob Records, also served as Ice Cube’s most recent official tour DJ.
Ice Cube’s son, actor and MC O’Shea Jackson, Jr., rapper King T, collaborator K-Dee, as well as co-founder of Tha Outlawz, E.D.I. are among those who have reacted publicly, confirming the DJ/producer’s death on social media. The cause of death is reportedly due to the producer suffering a heart attack.
Over his nearly 30-year career, Toones produced Westside Connection single “Let It Reign.” He also worked extensively on Mack 10’s 1995 self-titled debut. In 2006, the producer released The CT Experience. The independent DVD album featured Cube, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Kurupt, Xzibit, King T, and more. The video and audio collection included Kurupt and Soopafly single, “Gangbang Music.” In 1995, Toones released mixtape, That Nigga’s Crazy, featuring some of his scratch routines: