The legendary London Jungle and Drum ‘n Bass MC Skibadee has died. The MC, who has been described as a “pioneer,” burst onto the scene in 1993, and became known for his innovative beats. His family broke the sad news of his death on his social media pages today (Sunday, February 27).
In a statement, they wrote: “Hello everyone, as Alphonsos first born I unfortunately come some with sad news to say that Skibadee has passed away, as a family we ask for some privacy but may he rest in peace.” The message was followed by three red heart emojis, reports the Mirror.
MC Skibadee started his music career on City Sound Radio in 1993. He became revered for his Jungle beats after created a doubletime effect in 1997 by adding Drum and Bass tempo over a Hip-Hop beat, and later for becoming a member of the drum and bass group SASASAS.
Tributes poured in for the legendary MC on his social media pages today, including one from his former So Solid Crew star, Lisa Maffia. Alongside a photo of MC Skibadee, the singer wrote: “Not to sure what to say! Another pioneer gone! My heart goes out to your beautiful daughters, family and friends. DnB finest @therealskibagram I’m sorry to hear this news. Rest well sir #skiba #RIP.”
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Further tributes came from the Jungle and Drum and Bass fraternity, with DJ Fresh posting on Twitter : “I cannot believe I’m writing this. RIP @TheRealSkibz MC Skibadee. His contribution to Drum and Bass can never be equalled. He was first and foremost a great guy I always really enjoyed spending time with. Goodbye old friend, we will keep your memory alive forever.”
Friction also shared words in tribute, writing: “RIP Skibadee. Can’t believe Im writing this right now. Had some amazing times with him on stage over the years. An absolute legend of our scene and will be remembered forever.”
(Image: MC Skibadee/Instagram)
DJ Flight seemed to sum up the shock at Skibadee’s death, writing: “f***ing hell. I didn’t want to believe it but seems an official post went up on his fb again.. RIP Skibadee, an icon of Jungle D&B who inspired countless MCs in many genres. really awful news, love & condolences to his family & close friends.”
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