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May 16, 2005

DJ JUSTO, Rest In Peace

DJ Justo, Rest In Peace. You'll be truly missed.

* Justo Faison's family is trying to raise money for the costs of his funeral and burial. He also leaves behind a 13-year old child. If you have anything to spare, or if you're reading this and he helped promote one of your records, please contribute to this fund.

Gomez Broz. LLC
c/o Justo Faison
Attn: Regan Sommer McCoy
234B Jersey Street
Staten Island, NY 10301

When I got online Saturday, I saw the news. I gasped out loud and Rae asked me what was wrong. I said “Justo is dead”. I couldn’t say more. I couldn’t even cry. I couldn’t let my thoughts drift to DJ Threat (R.I.P.), who I worked with at Gee Street Records, who also passed away in a vehicular accident. The only thing I could do was go to the club, check out some DJs and soak up my sorrows with Hip Hop. Justo is one of the only people who has a high profile in the industry that treated me the same before I was at the source, while I was associate editor at the source, and after I left the source.

The Mixtape Awards, in my opinion, have been the most important events in Hip Hop. Justo and the Mixtape Awards took the emphasis off mainstream radio and back onto the true promoters of Hip Hop in the streets – the mixtape DJs. Justo was also responsible for a lot of the diversification within Hip Hop, in that he included DJs from all regions in the awards, without being New York-centric. I hope that the legacy of the awards will live on, and that everyone in the Hip Hop will take a moment of silence to remember DJ Justo (Justo Faison) and his selfless contributions to our music and culture.

”Many within the Hip-Hop nation are shocked, saddened and even in denial about the death of Justo Faison. Tragically, Faison, the founder of the successful Mixtape Awards, was killed in a car crash sometime early morning Saturday (May 14).

Details remain vague, but sources confirmed with AllHipHop.com that Faison passed away in Virginia, while working doing promotions in the evening. According to some sources, Faison was departing Richmond and was extremely tired while driving to an undisclosed destination.

Faison founded the Mixtape Awards in 1996 and helped highlight and reward a previously unrecognized component of the music business - the mixtape. "Justo was like a brother to me," DJ Kay Slay told AllHipHop.com. "At one time he helped manage me for free. Justo was the only person we had standing up for the DJ's from the heart and he will be missed." At presstime, a funeral fund, spearheaded by Kay Slay and Kid Capri, was already being erected for the pioneer. One source said it is time for the DJ's to return the favor to Justo. "The DJ's need to step up to the plate on this one. Justo gave his life to them." details of the fund were forthcoming.”

Source : Allhiphop.com
By Nolan Strong & Houston Williams

Here are some other tributes to Justo from members of the Hip Hop community.

Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Justo Faison who was tragically killed in a automobile accident this past weekend. As many of you know I had the privilege to directly and closely work with Just O on his highly successful 9th Annual Just O Mixtape Awards this past March. What many of you may not know is that Boot Camp's relationship with Just O goes back to the days of Nervous Records where Just O worked diligently and effectively as "Radio Promotions" for Black Moon and Smif n Wessun. Just O was as loyal to his friends as they come. He was a man of tremendous principal and respect and loved the music, artists, and people he worked with. He will truly be missed. RIP Just O. - DRU HA (DUCK DOWN RECORDS)


Orpheus "Just O" Faison - rest in peace (now see, he would probably strangle me for putting his real first name out there for everybody to see...he would be laughing, but he'd get mad at me later...) Just O returned to the essence early this morning due to a car accident...i have so many good, funny and precious memories running through my mind right now, i'm not sure what to say or where to start...I will miss my friend and big brother dearly, and I send my condolences and prayers to his family and friends. - Monalisa Murray, Landmyne Entertainment



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