DJ Timbuck2 Dies at Age 34, Hip-Hop Community Reacts
The Chicago music community is mourning the loss of their beloved local hero DJ Timbuck2. The WGCI radio personality passed away today (Dec. 19) after a long bout with cancer. He was 34 years old.
DJ Timbuck2, whose real name is Timothy Jones, was a fixture in the Chicago music scene and a member of the Treated Crew. According to Fake Shore Drive, he came up under the tutelage of The Twilite Tone (interning for Tone and No I.D. at WHPK) and in 2004, DJ Timbuck2 was given his own mix show at WGCI at the age of 21.
With his program, Go iLL Radio, DJ Timbuck2 championed local artists and gave them a platform to showcase their music. The DJ worked with budding Chi-City rappers like Vic Mensa, Lil Reese, Rockie Fresh and others. He also toured with fellow rhymers Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Common.
In 2009, DJ Timbuck2 teamed up Fake Shore Drive and the Cool Kids to release a mixtape that exclusively feature Chicago rappers. The collection boasted tracks from Bump J, Mikkey Halsted, GLC, West, Fiasco and more.
“If I was never on radio, I would still be happy because I’m doing what I love to do,” he told Ruby Hornet in 2010. “When I get behind those [turntables] I feel the same way I did the first time I did it. I get that burning feeling inside; that excitement. That’s all I really need.”
Several prominent hip-hoppers went on Twitter to express their condolences to the beloved Chicago DJ. Veteran rap producer No I.D. tweeted, “Damn. That really hurts. Gonna miss my brother @DJTIMBUCK2. Damn. #Speechless.” Rapper Rockie Fresh wrote on his timeline, “RIP @DJTIMBUCK2. Gave me my first radio play and believed when no one else did. True Chicago Legend. We will miss You.”
We want to send our heartfelt condolences to the family of DJ Timbuck2. May he rest in peace.
R.I.P. DJ TIMBUCK2. He was an amazing person and talent. My prayers go out to his family.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 20, 2015
Rip Dj Timbuck2
— LilReese300 (@LilReese300) December 19, 2015
In Chicago and was tryina reach @DJTIMBUCK2 as I see this news. My god. Awesome DJ. Even better human being. RIP brother.
— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) December 19, 2015
— リッチIDなしデイリー DioNoiD (@cocaine80s) December 19, 2015
— Lil Bibby (@LilBibby_) December 19, 2015
rest well my brother @DJTIMBUCK2
— one love (@VicMensa) December 19, 2015
RIP @DJTIMBUCK2. Gave me my first radio play and believed when no one else did. True Chicago Legend. We will miss You.
— Rockie Fresh (@rockiefresh) December 19, 2015
RIP 2 da Chi Town homie DJ Timbuck2… Anyone know what happened?? Man so young
— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) December 19, 2015
When Chicago artists weren't getting played on mainstream Chicago radio, @DjTimbuck2 used his platform to play nothing but Chicago artists.
— Add-2 (@ADD2theMC) December 19, 2015
Dj timbuck2 was a part of great music moments in chitown for me. we debated many a times abt the future of hip hop & chicago. Brilliant mind
— aja monet (@aja_monet) December 19, 2015
You didn't have to KNOW DJ TimBuck2….you would hear his name and mixes on the radio ALL the time. That's how you knew him. #RIP
— Mark Hood (@MarkJPHood) December 19, 2015
Woke up to crazy news. RIP DJ Timbuck2. Laid a lot of groundwork for Chicago. Never will be forgotten pic.twitter.com/zgUaNLMXNA
— DJ Wrek (@DJWREK1) December 19, 2015
damn, rip DJ Timbuck2. crazy.
— omen (@omen) December 19, 2015
— J. Ivy (@J_Ivy) December 19, 2015
Damn. Rest in peace bro. @DJTIMBUCK2
— DJ Toure (@DJToure) December 19, 2015
— DJ Enuff (@djenuff) December 19, 2015