The hip-hop community mourns the loss of a Bay legend.
Bay Area great DJ Stef, aka Stephanie Ornelas, died Sunday(October 1), according to the East Bay Times. No further details about her death are available at this time.
A beloved San Francisco DJ and veteran of the Bay Area hip-hop scene, Ornelas was also a writer, graphic designera nd founder of Vinyl Exchange, a newsletter about record collecting culture she started in the 1990s.
Her sudden passing has inspired countless tributes from artists in hip-hop including El-P, Prince Paul, Anticon, Chico Sondido and many more.
Love for DJ STEF ?? pic.twitter.com/kcOXZ5LzET
— Equipto (@EQUIPTO) October 2, 2017
“Wherever hip-hop was, she was,” said Bay Area rapper Equipto in a statement shared on Twitter where he recounts her coming up to him, enthusiastically reciting a lyric of his and saying how much she liked it.
“I felt like I made it when she said that to me,” he said. “She might be the only DJ ever to come up to me after a show and recite a lyric to me like that.”
Read more tributes to Ornelas below.
so sad to find out about the passing of @djstef415 RIP she gave me my first shot as a professional dj in the bay area as a Latin Bass DJ
— hugs not guns (@CHICOSONIDO) October 2, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family of @djstef415 . news you never want to hear
— DJ Prince Paul (@DJPrincePaul) October 2, 2017
heartbroken to hear about dj stef passing. truly a lovely, kind soul.
— el-p (@therealelp) October 2, 2017
— anticon records (@anticon) October 2, 2017
In a DJ scene awash with bros, @djstef415 showed me that it was possible for a woman to do her thing and be recognized for her craft
— Nastia Voynovskaya (@nananastia) October 2, 2017
By Miles Bowe