R.I.P. Anthony “Keyz” James

June 29, 2010

UPDATE: thanks to Fran and the Sound Battle Royale team for this video interview with Keyz, recorded June 17th – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAchNrOPxLQ

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I caught wind of this one in a flurry of Twitter activity just a few hours ago, so I didn’t think it was true, but unfortunately, it’s since been confirmed.  We were literally standing inches a part at the Sound Battle Royale event 2 weeks ago – and hadn’t met – but I’m definitely familiar with the work he’d done with production partner Burd, and feel the loss of what could’ve been.  A part of what I’d labelled as the next generation of Toronto producers who were making serious waves in the city and beyond, he will be missed.  Life is SO fleeting and I send my condolences and respect to all his friends and family, who are no doubt still in shock from the loss of a life gone far too soon.

R.I.P. Anthony “Keyz” James

The post below is from the awesome people at www.cityonmyback.com :

It is with great sadness that I make this blog post. Last night, Anthony “Durty Keyz” James, from the production duo Burd & Keyz, passed away at the age of 23. Cause of death is still not %100 confirmed but I do know that he was feeling sick as of late last week but when he got to the hospital yesterday it was apparently too late. Some type of infection or something. His passing is completely unexpected and is yet another reminder to us all, as cliche as it may sound, that anything can happen in life and that we should cherish each moment we have alive on this Earth. I really don’t know what else to say here other than I would like to believe that he is in a better place. I feel honored to have had a close professional (and budding personal) relationship with Keyz. He was truly a genuine and nice guy with great talent and even greater potential. For those not familiar with his work, here are a couple of tracks he produced as part of Burd & Keyz. And check the beat demo below to get an idea of the musical direction the duo was headed in. Condolences, respect, thoughts and prayers to his family during this hard time. RIP KEYZ.

Peace

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