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SF Music Legend Stephanie ‘DJ Stef’ Ornelas Passed Away This Sunday At Age 55

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.

“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.



By Miles Bowe



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