Legendary DJ Spinbad Dead at 46

Tribute messages have started rolling in for the iconic NYC creative, whose 'Rocks the Casbah (The 80s Megamix)' release is considered a classic.


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DJ Spinbad has died at the age of 46.

The celebrated NYC DJ, according to a report from the New York Post, died on Tuesday. A cause of death has not been revealed.

Spinbad's legacy includes work for the stations WHTZ (a.k.a. Z100) and WWPR, as well as tours with Moby and comedian Russell Peters. His 1995 release Rocks the Casbah (The '80s Megamix) is widely regarded as a profoundly influential classic.

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Looking back on the impact of those tapes, A-Trak said on Wednesday that the mixes "changed the game" for everyone moving forward.

"A lot of DJs do what they do because of him," A-Trak, whose own catalog includes acclaimed work with Kanye West and Travis Barker, said. As A-Trak explained, Spinbad's death represents the loss of a truly "legendary talent."

Damn, RIP DJ SPINBAD 😔 legendary talent

— Good Bunny (@atrak) November 11, 2020

For real!!! Damn https://t.co/rKWzzna2MH

— Good Bunny (@atrak) November 11, 2020

This is crazy I was literally just talking to @jonnyshipes about this mixtape a couple hours ago. RIP Spinbad man.

— Good Bunny (@atrak) November 11, 2020

Spinbad really gave a lot of djs their style. A lot of djs do what they do because of him.
In the mid 90s you mostly had turntablists on one side and mixtape/club/radio DJs on another. He brought skills and creativity (and humor!) to mixes in a whole new way.

— Good Bunny (@atrak) November 11, 2020

Over on Instagram, Russell Peters shared a collection of photos from their years on the road together. The comedian remembered Spinbad as "my brother, my friend, my DJ, [and] one of the most creative and brilliant minds I've ever known."

El-P, DJ Spider, Atmosphere, Peter Rosenberg, and more have also shared tribute messages following word of Spinbad’s untimely death.

Rest Easy man .. . https://t.co/ephNFvOmD8

— Real Late 2 Soon Come (@Rosenbergradio) November 11, 2020

Before the inception of MP3 players, I’d carry this CD in my bag EVERYWHERE. So much so that the jewel case disintegrated. I’d never heard a DJ stretch the limits of what a mixtape could be until this. It was more of a collage. He changed everything. #RIPDJSpinbad pic.twitter.com/PptZKn2Bu1

— Dee Phunk (@DeePhunk) November 11, 2020

This is so sad. I worked with Spinbad while at @Z100NewYork and he was so kind and talented. https://t.co/VMfDMRDEAW

— Vanessa Wojtusiak (@VanessaW) November 11, 2020

Rest in power.

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