DJ Ready Red, one of the first DJ’s and producers for the Geto Boys, died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 53. According to the Geto Boys’ Willie D, who posted a video on Instagram, Ready Red died surrounded by his family.
“He gave us our sound,” Willie D said, and added that he was their “musical enforcer.” The producer was responsible for nearly all of their early material, as well as his own first album, Controversy.
Willie D said he was “before his time,” and to say that he was a pioneer of the genre was an “understatement.” In 1986, Red was their first producer at a time when they were known as the Ghetto Boys. They later changed their title.
However, he eventually left the group in 1991 when they were working on their album, We Can’t Be Stopped. According to About.com, the Geto Boys are the 10th greatest hip-hop acts of all time.
The group is responsible for paving the way for southern hip-hop bands of the future. They released seven records, with their last, The Foundation, coming out in 2005.
Ever since getting their start in 1986, the band developed somewhat of a cult following over the years, despite the various line-up changes they endured.
Acts like Insane Clown Posse, 50 Cent, Outkast, The Notorious BIG, Chamillionaire, Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, and Rick Ross, all cite the Geto Boys as crucial influences and inspiration to their sound.
One of their songs, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me,” was featured in Grand Theft Auto V, and other tracks of theirs have been featured in movies such as Office Space – the legendary cult comedy film. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of DJ Ready Red during this time.