Crazy Toones, one of the founding members of early 1990s rap collective WC and The Maad Circle, died Monday (January 9) in L.A. at the age of 45. A heart attack is his reported cause of death.
WC, who was actually Toones’s brother, has not yet spoken publicly, however Cube and many of the DJ/ producer’s friends took to social media to express their grief.
“I just lost my homie, brother, DJ, confidant and love one,” Cube said of Toones, who was his tour DJ. He posted a picture on Instagram of Toones on the 1s and 2s.
DJ Premier posted a picture of himself, WC, and Toones on IG. He spoke of an almost 30-year relationship with Toones.
I don't even know how to say this one! It's not even comprehending to my mind right now... The Man Pictured On The Left... R.I.P. To DJ Crazy Toones... He's WC's brother and also ICE CUBE's DJ and one of my best friends on the West Coast since I was 21 years old... I just got the news... We have so many memories beyond my career in HIP HOP! Toones and Dub were the 1st to show us The Hood and see what's really going on in South Central...and they were hanging with us in NY SINCE 1989... From hangin with The Legend DJ Alladin to COOLIO @coolio we did mad shit... Just Friend Shit! This is so hard to accept but I have to bcuz we all have a start and an ending in this life... To the Calhoun Family We Are Here For You! I could write a book for all the words I have to say about Toones... Love You Lamar Calhoun! Fly On LEGEND! @therealdubwc @icecube @mayleeno #PremierWuzHere
Director F. Gary Gray, of Friday, The Italian Job, Set It Off, Fast 8, and more, expressed condolences as well:
“This one HURTS!!!!" wrote Real 92.3 DJ Big Boy:
This one HURTS!!!!! One of THEEE NICEST Brothas you could have EVER met. Not just what he did for the West and The World, but The Man he was. A GREAT person. Very humbled. ALWAYS respectful. The hardest working, underrated producer, DJ.. etc in the business. #CrazyToones, you will be GREATLY missed. Rest In Peace, My Good Brotha. You will be missed. #CrazyToones #WestCoast #ThrowUpThaDub #RIP
And Ice T shared a series of tweets expressing his pain and explaining who Crazy Toones was:
Yep.. Terrible. I got that news this morning... I'm lost for words.. I reached out to WC. https://t.co/fpSu5s0V05— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) January 9, 2017
Just lost another Homie this morning....... man!— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) January 9, 2017
OG Crazy Toones was a Real WestCoast Rider... Man!! https://t.co/0bbcowBXC3— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) January 9, 2017
Besides dropping several of his own mixtapes throughout his 30-year career, the 45-year-old Toones has produced for Westside Connection as a group and its members , WC, Ice Cube, and Mack 10, individually. Toones supplied tracks for Xzibit, Kurupt, and Snoop Dogg among others.