Legendary DJ and producer Crazy Toones, who is best known for his production assists with WC and the Maad Circle, has passed away today (Jan. 9) at the age of 45. According to media expert Chad Kiser, DJ Crazy Toones’ death was caused by a heart attack. No other information was provided.

The real-life brother of rapper WC, DJ Crazy Toones, whose real name is Lamar Calhoun, was a pivotal member of WC and the Maad Circle along with Chilly Chill, Big Gee, Sir Jinx and Coolio. Toones co-produced the group’s 1991 debut album, Ain’t a Damn Thang Changed, and was the sole producer for their 1995 follow-up LP, Curb Servin’. He also worked extensively on Mack 10’s 1995 self-titled debut. Toones also released an independent DVD-CD project called The CT Experience, which featured the piano-driven banger, “Roll On Em” featuring WC, Xzibit, Young Maylay and MC Ren.

In his 30-year career, Toones has produced tracks for several West Coast legends including Ice Cube (who he toured with as his DJ), Kam, Kurupt and many others.

Upon the sad news of DJ Crazy Toones’ death, veteran rappers Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Kam, Daz Dillinger, Xzibit, Kokane, Kurupt and producer DJ Premier went on social media to paid tribute to the late DJ and producer.

"I don't even know how to say this one! It's not even comprehending to my mind right now," wrote Premo on his Instagram page. "R.I.P. To DJ Crazy Toones...He's WC's brother and also ICE CUBE's DJ and one if my best friends on the West Coast since I was 21 years old."

"I just got the news...We have so many memories beyond my career in HIP HOP! Just Friend S---!" he continues. "This is so hard to accept but I have to bcuz we all have a start and an ending in this life...To the Calhoun Family We Are Here For You! I could write a book for all the words I have to say about Toones...Love You Lamar Calhoun! Fly On Legend."

We want to send our condolences to WC and the rest of DJ Crazy Toones' family. May he rest in paradise.

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