Family, friends and industry peers all gathered at the at the Ikeda World Peace Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday (May 8th) to pay their respects to late DJ Hideo, who passed away in late April following a year-long battle with cancer.
The event on Saturday was a memorial in remembrance of the late DJ, who friends said was always kind and willing to help out a friend in need.
The ceremony drew the likes of music vets like DJ Spinderella (of Salt-N-Pepa fame), The Poetess, DJ Mo Dave, DJ K-Sly and Tawala Sharp, his 100.3 the Beat family members, and several others.
There were also a few performances to pay tribute to Hideo. Cancer survivor/singer Krys Ivory sang an acapella of “I Believe I Can Fly”, while long time friend Lady of Rage performed her biggest single, “Afro Puffs,” alongside DJ Rectangle.
Friends said Rage’s song was one of the DJ’s favorite.
“I remember telling Hideo that I loved DJ Rectangle and he introduced me to him. He def killed it today w/ Lady of Rage for Hideo,” friend and memorial organizer, Vivian Fierce, said in a tweet (@VivianFierce). “I know Hideo would’ve loved his memorial… I’m gonna miss him so much.”
DJ Hideo was a music industry veteran who worked for local Los Angeles radio station, KKBT 100.3 The Beat, as Mixshow Director and Program & Production Assistant for nine years. He also served as the DJ on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Soul Assassins Radio with Cypress Hill and others.
During his illness, his friends and family pulled together to help his situation. In April 2009, they organized a benefit concert to help pay his medical bills, with many artists performing for free, including DJ Rhettmatic, Glasses Malone, Defari, Hot Dollar and Dilated Peoples.
Hideo had no medical insurance and when he passed, he medical bills was upwards of $1 million. If you’d like more info, or to offer a donation, visit DJHideo.com.