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Just got the sad news that music industry vet Ruben Rodriguez has passed away.

My working relationship with Ruben goes way back to his days at Pendulum Records. He hired me to promote
Lords Of The Underground & Digable Planets & that's how I got to know the late Indiana Jones aka Ron Miner.
I have fond memories checking into hotels at various Music Conferences during the 80's & 90's & getting mistaken for Ruben since my last name is also Rodriguez! (

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The ORIGINAL Street Fighter, Sonny Chiba has passed away from complications of COVID-19.
Bruce Lee passed in 1973, I remember the big buzz that Sonny Chiba was going to be the NEXT!
His films “Street Fighter 1,2 & 3” & his role in “Kill Bill” will last
Forever. (R.I.P.)

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We go back 30 plus years, Vato-V. You put Yakima, WA on the Hip Hop map and your legacy will live on forever.
A few years ago I was blessed to promote your last single "Holla Holla!" to the world. I'll cherish all our talks about dj'ing, music, family and kidney issues.
We last spoke in February 2021.  You sounded so happy & I was so happy for you.
Rest well my brother. Nasty-Nes

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Ever met a person so optimistic in life despite weekly dialysis appointments, hospital visits due to diabetes, always with a smile on their face & always keeps in touch with positive remarks?
This is that person —
George Abraham. I got the bad news he passed away & I'm going to miss him. He was the heart of Santa Cruz, CA & you’d catch him at a lot of the local Hip Hop events.
I Love You brother.
(R.I.P.) NES

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BJ Thomas’ single, "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" from the movie BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID was the NUMBER ONE song in 1970. That was the year I moved to the United States. I knew all the lyrics & still do. Sooooooo many sentimental memories. (R.I.P.)

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Shock G. aka Humpty Hump of Digital Underground (R.I.P.)

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(below, l-r): Money B, Nes, Shock G

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J Dilla (R.I.P.)

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R.I.P. DJ Double K of People Under The Stairs (PUTS)