Reports have flooded in about producer Disco D, who reportedly committed suicide Monday night (January 22).
According to Sohh.com, Benny Blanco, who is close to the producer, confirmed the death, but declined to comment.
"We have no comment. We send our deepest condolences," Benny told SOHH.com. "He was loved and will be truly missed."
Details regarding his death are still sketchy, but sources close to Disco D told BallerStatus.com that he had recently divorced from his Brazilian wife and was having a hard time coping with the split.
The producer had over 10 years of experience in the music industry beginning his career in the dance scene in Detroit, Michigan.
In 2005, he produced the track "Ski Mask Way" for 50 Cent's Massacre album, which put him on the hip-hop map. He went on to produce several records for Kevin Federline's debut album, Playing With Fire, and most recently, the b-side on Trick Daddy's latest single, for a track called "I Pop."
Fans can post their condolences on Disco D's official MySpace page at MySpace.com/GringoLouco
Disco D's friends respond
Some interviews from January, 2006:
AllHipHop.com: How did you come into the understanding of the phrase “PopoZâo”?
Kevin Federline: Actually it was the producer I was working with at the time. He is engaged to a girl that lives over there in Sao Paolo; so he spends a lot of time out there. When he comes out, he’s always playing me these like new Brazilian dance tracks, and I kinda like over time just started picking up the language from their mannerisms when him and his wife are talking and stuff. I asked him one day when I heard the beat for “PopoZâo,” “How do you say big butt in Portuguese?” and he was like “PopoZâo.” So I’m like alright well how do you say “get your ass over here and shake it on the floor for me?” So we did this little thang in Portuguese and we ran with it.
AllHipHop.com: Did you reach out to Disco D or did he reach out to you?
Kevin Federline: I reached out to Disco.
AllHipHop.com: Well Disco D said you’re a pretty gifted freestyler; who were your influences growing up?
Kevin Federline: Man, I listened to a lot of Bay Area stuff like E-40 and Dru Down, even like Cypress Hill was big to me back then. Even before that, Kool Moe Dee and NWA; just so much Hip-Hop on my agenda when I was like 13 or 14 years old. It was crazy.
"The biggest misconception about Kevin is that he's lazy," says Disco D, one of the producers of Federline's album. "Kevin really busts his ass and is a hard worker. I made him put in 12-hour days in the studio, and he really delivered. The other big misconception is that he's a bad father and husband. This couldn't be farther from the truth."
R.I.P. Disco D, you were one of the first to give Kevin a chance. God bless you and your family and friends.