Monday, April 28, 2014


Rashad Hanif Harden, the Chicago DJ and producer known as DJ Rashad who helped establish a new style of dance music over a 15-year career, died on Saturday. He was 34.
Harden was found unresponsive in a Chicago apartment on Saturday afternoon, according to Chicago police officer Janel Sedevic. Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, and a toxicology report by the Cook County medical examiner was scheduled for Sunday.
It's a tragic ending to a slow-burning career that had only recently been recognized on an international scale. Over the past four years, Harden's frenetic footwork productions evolved from a local Chicago staple to the go-to rhythm of a new generation of dance music producers. His final two full-length albums, 2012's Teklife, Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi and 2013's Double Cup, were celebrated on numerous year-end lists by dance and pop music critics alike.

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