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Hardcore Rap Pioneer MC Duke Dies Aged 48

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MC Duke, whose legal name was Kashif Adham, has reportedly died at the age of 48. The rapper, who is from the United Kingdom, was known as a pioneer in the hardcore rap music genre.

No cause of death for Adham has been released. Suburban Base Records announced his death, along with several other close friends. He died on April 21st.

Originally from the East end of London, he was also a part of the group IC3. He also worked with DJ partner Leader One. His largest hit was a solo release “I’m Riffin.”

Suburban Base Records released the following statement on Adham’s tragic passing,

It is with profound sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of our dear friend, MC Duke.

Since the early 90s, we have had the privilege of calling him a friend and collaborator, with the most releases on our Suburban Base sister imprint, Boogie Times, witnessing his unparalleled talent and unwavering dedication to music.

MC Duke solidified his status as a legend in the UK music scene. As a forefather of UK Hip Hop, his influence reverberates through generations, laying the foundation for the vibrant UK Rap scene that we know today, and we expect many will pay tribute at this devastating news.

“We were honored to work alongside him, assisting in the setup of his own Hard Disk label for further releases. In his final days, we (Danny & Winston) were grateful to visit and be by his bedside, alongside his family, sharing in the immense emotions that accompanied our farewell.

The loss of three dear friends and former Suburban Base artists within a two-week period is a devastating blow, leaving us grappling with profound heartache. Our thoughts and love are with MC Duke’s family during this difficult time, we are glad they know that his friends were there for him, and we stand ready to support them in any way we can

Suburban Base Records

MC Duke will be remembered as an artist that traversed uncharted territory, paving a way for many artists after him.

His contributions to rap are still felt today in the United Kingdom. Rest in peace, Kashif Adham.

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