Remembering the Life and Legacy of DJ Deeon
Remembering the Life and Legacy of DJ DeeonJuly 20, 2023
DJ Deeon, Chicago legend and pioneer of the Ghetto House movement, has tragically passed away.
The artist’s Facebook page confirmed the news earlier this week on Tuesday, July 18:
“Admin Jim here. I am sorry to announce the legendary Artist, Producer, DJ, Label owner, and my friend Deeon “DJ Deeon” Boyd gained his wings today. The family thanks you for your support and will announce arrangements in the coming days. Thank you for your understanding. #DJDEEONforever #GRC #lowendforlife,” a post on Facebook read.
DJ Deeon, real name Deeon Boyd, had been very open about his struggles with health issues in recent years, starting a Crowdfunder to help with costs related to a quadruple bypass surgery and a series of strokes, among other complications.
Releasing original productions from the late ’90s all the way until just weeks before his passing, Deeon’s legacy will live on through his vast discography and the countless artists he’s inspired.
Across the last 25 years, he’s made entries into widespread labels like Defected Records, Drumcode, Nervous Records, and Dirtybird, always maintaining the Ghetto House sound he brought to dance floors everywhere.
His ascension took place in the ’90s when the two genres that defined Black culture were rap and house music, and so both styles are essential to his sound. The use of vocals on tracks like recent tunes like “Who-U-Wit” and classics like “Let Me Bang” integrate the hype-man feel of an MC over minimal, uptempo, funky beats — creating a fresh new approach to house music that was truly groundbreaking when it first hit the airwaves.
Deeon was also celebrated as a collaborator, bringing his sage insight of dance music to other legends like himself as well as exciting newcomers. HI-LO, Gettoblaster, Dance System, DJ Haus, and Wehbba all have shared credits with Deeon, spreading Ghetto House energy to fanbases from all walks of club life.
Beatport has put together a chart to celebrate and look back on the timeless contributions that this dance floor pioneer has blessed us with over his incredible career. Listen below or check it out on Beatport.
The influence of DJ Deeon was indelible and he will be truly missed by the dance music community at large. See below what some of his peers had to say:
Omg this is sad.
RIP DJ DEEON – A REAL LIFE LEGEND https://t.co/yVQhBYndV2
— SHERELLE 🌐 (@iamsherelle) July 18, 2023
my tribute to dj Deeon❤️https://t.co/pxnE4T39VU
— nina kraviz (@NinaKraviz) July 18, 2023
I’ll never forget playing “Three Fine Hoes” when I was in college after these three girls kept requesting me to play dubstep. #DJDEEON forever ❤️
— ardalan (@Ardalander) July 18, 2023
RIP DJ Deeon. It would be hard to overstate his importance to Chicago and all of dance music. He was also an extremely sweet guy who will be missed terribly. Damn.
— The Blessed Madonna (@Blessed_Madonna) July 18, 2023
V sad 2 hear about the passing of Dj Deeon, he was a pioneer that without a doubt influenced & shaped generations of producers including myself, I will 4ever be grateful 4 the opportunity I had to work with him in 2020, sending all my 💓 & 🙏 to his friends & family ✨🕊️🌹RIP DD pic.twitter.com/t8Dw7zAMir
— Jensen Interceptor (@JensenIntercept) July 18, 2023