- He produced Eminem’s Stan and Jay-Z’s Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
- A number of his contemporaries paid memorial to him upon news of his passing
- DJ Mark the 45 King’s cause of death was not announced
DJ Mark the 45 King has died at the age of 62.
The music industry professional had worked with big names such as Eminem, Jay-Z and Queen Latifah, who paid memorial to him upon news of his passing.
‘It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved Mentor DJ Mark the 45 King!,’ Queen Latifah said in a statement. ‘He believed in me before anyone else. He touched every life he encountered.
‘I’ve never met someone like him; he wanted everyone around him to win. His spirit was magic and will certainly live forever.’
Eminem wrote on Twitter, ‘Legends are never over … I’m 4ever grateful’
Details: DJ Mark the 45 King has died at the age of 62. The music industry professional had worked with big names such as Eminem , Jay-Z and Queen Latifah, who paid memorial to him upon news of his passing
The veteran music producer was pictured at his home studio in NYC on October 10, 1994
The music professional had worked on notable hits such as Eminem’s 2000 song Stan, Jay-Z’s 1998 track Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) and Queen Latifah’s 1989 breakout hit, Ladies First.
DJ Mark the 45 King worked as a producer for artists including MC Lyte, Craig Mack and Rakim; he had also remixed music for artists such as Madonna, Public Enemy, Lisa Stansfield, Salt-N-Pepa and Eric B. & Rakim.
DJ Premier, the famed producer and Gang Starr alum, spoke about his late colleague’s tremendous legacy and talents in a memorial
‘His sound was unlike any other from his heavy drums and his horns were so distinct on every production,’ he said.
He noted that Mark, who turned 62 earlier this week, was ‘responsible for so many classics’ from an array of prominent artists.
He thanked music industry professional Dave Lotwin for putting him on a FaceTime call with Mark while he was hospitalized ‘to salute him 1 last time before he transitioned,’ adding, ‘I know he heard me loud and clear.’
DJ Premier wrapped up in saying, ‘Sleep Peacefully Mark thank you for all that you’ve done. You’re such a special part of our culture that is chiseled in the stone of the greatest parts of us.’
A rep for the late producer confirmed his passing to Variety Thursday; his cause of death was not announced.
Eminem wrote, ‘Legends are never over … I’m 4ever grateful’
DJ Premier spoke about his late colleague’s tremendous legacy and talents in a memorial