New York hip-hop DJ Big Kap has passed away. Kap was a respected figure in the 90s New York rap scene and cultivated a career that saw him work with some of the biggest names in the culture.

According to an Instagram post from Funkmaster Flex, Kap passed away earlier this morning (Feb. 3). Flex posted a photo of Kap with the caption "Rest in peace...Big Kap."

Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg also shared his sadness over Kap's passing. "Woke up to terrible news today ... We lost Big Kap .... Not only a great DJ, key part of the flip squad and big dog pit bulls , and incredible talker with a unique and awesome voice but more than anything -- great guy ...always good for a warm smile and a sincere conversation... Was always very fond of this guy ever since I met him .. RIP brother... Sending love and positive vibes to his family, @funkflex , @ciphasounds and all the pit bulls and flip squad."

Big Kap released the single "Da Ladies In the House" in 1995, which featured some on-the-rise female rappers: Precise, Uneek, Tripp, Bahamadia and a pre-The Score Lauryn Hill. Kap and Flex released the hit album The Tunnel in 1999, which featured freestyles from late superstars Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., as well as tracks featuring LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Erick Sermon, Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim and more. The Tunnel peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Proving that he wasn't just limited to New York and East Coast artists, Big Kap famously guested on the ATL crunk classic "Bia Bia" by Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz.

Details have yet to emerge as to a cause of death for the New York legend, but DJs and personalities have already begun sharing their condolences and respects via social media.

Check out "Da Ladies In the House" and read some hip-hop notables' thoughts on Big Kap below.

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