The Chicago juke and footwork producer
The artist and DJ, born Rashad Hanif Harden and based out of
Harden is survived by his 9-year-old son Chad, and his parents, Gloria and Anthony Harden.
"Since he was a kid, he's been doing this," Anthony Harden told the Sun-Times. "He knew what he wanted to do, and a lot of us don't get a chance to make our dream come true."
Harden has long been a staple in Chicago's ghetto house, juke and footwork scenes, known for sounds and dance styles rooted in fast-moving electronic productions. He released his first vinyl single, "Child Abuse," on the esteemed label Dance Mania in 1998. Last year's LP "Double Cup," released on the acclaimed U.K. label Hyperdub, was his most popular release and greatly raised his international profile.
He had been booked to play L.A.'s Bootleg Theater on May 8, and a new EP "We On 1" was planned for an April 28 release.