Syko, the Seattle rapper and producer best known for producing Mac Dre’s iconic hyphy anthem “Thizzle Dance,” was killed in a car accident on Friday, Nov. 16, according to friends and fans posting on social media.
Many of those mourning the producer shared a KOMO News article about an unnamed man who crashed in Everett, Washington Friday. The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office confirmed that death to KQED, and one of Syko’s close friends, Darryl Reese, confirmed that Syko, real name Theophilus Adams, did indeed pass away yesterday.
Reese described Syko, who was originally from Portland, Ore., as a passionate musician, good friend and devoted father of two kids. “He was a very happy dude,” Reese says. “I never argued with Syko. He was crazy, tremendous energy. He would light up a room every time he stepped in it.”
Syko helped define the Bay Area’s hyphy movement with his bouncy, bass-heavy production on Mac Dre’s 2002 Thizzelle Washington album, including the ubiquitous “Thizzle Dance” and “Boss Tycoon.” Syko’s sound later inspired artists like Mistah F.A.B. and E-40 as hyphy, the Bay Area’s best-known rap subculture, became a phenomenon in the mid 2000s.
In addition to his own production work, Syko was an advocate for other producers and underground musicians.