DJ Ready Red, early DJ and producer for the Geto Boys, has died after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 53.
Red (born Collins Leysath) passed away Friday (Aug. 24), according to the Geto Boys’ Willie D, who posted a video on Instagram to share the sad news.
The Geto Boys, previously spelled “Ghetto Boys,” formed in Houston, Texas in 1986. Leysath was part of the group until 1991. Other members included rappers Scarface (real name Brad Terrence Jordan) and Bushwick Bill (real name Richard Stephen Shaw).
“To say he was a pioneer would be an understatement. Red was before his time. There’s a lot of producers today that are eating off of Red and don’t even know why their bellies are full. He gave us our sound,” Willie D said of Red, whom he called “the Musical Enforcer” and said was “responsible for most of the production of our early stuff and all of the sound on my first album, Controversy.”
“To say that he was a pioneer would be an understatement. Red was before his time,” added Willie D.
In 1986, Red became the first DJ and producer for the southern rap crew the Geto Boys, then know as the Ghetto Boys. He left the group in 1991 when they were recording the album We Can’t Be Stopped. As Willie D pointed out, he also produced the rapper’s first solo album, released in 1989.
The Geto Boys’ Twitter account says funeral arrangements are pending.
#RIP Collins Leysath pka DJ Ready Red (1965-2018). Red, who was the Geto Boys’ first DJ and producer, died of an apparent heart attack on Friday. Funeral arrangements are pending. pic.twitter.com/y5237Inv3I
— Geto Boys (@TheGetoBoys) August 25, 2018
Video: Geto Boys – My Mind Playing Tricks On Me (1991)
Artist: Geto Boys
Album: We Can’t Be Stopped
Writers: Willie D, Scarface, Doug King, Isaac Hayes
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