The hip-hop community mourns the loss a Bay legend.
Bay Area great DJ Stef, aka Stephanie Ornelas, died yesterday (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 the Bay Area hip-hop scene, Ornelas was also a writer, graphic designer and founder 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 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.