One of the DJs at the forefront of the fast and furious style of house music known as footwork, DJ Rashad was born in Chicago and raised in the city's suburb of Callumet City. A young fan of Chicago's banging brand of house music known as ghettohouse, Rashad was already making mixtapes when he met the like-minded DJ Spinn in high school. The two would begin DJing around town in 1996, and in 1998, the duo would be featured on a split 12" on the Dance Mania label, although Spinn's side was mislabeled as produced by DJ Thadz. Spinn and Rashad remained a team as ghettohouse evolved into juke, which evolved into footwork, and the two would both land tracks on the Planet Mu label's 2010 compilation of footwork tracks, Bangs & Works, Vol. 1. In 2012 Rashad released the compilation Teklife, Vol 1: Welcome to the Chi, with his album Double Cup arriving via the Hyperdub a year later. Rashad was found dead in an apartment on Chicago's South Side in April 2014; he was 34 years old. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi