Kode9 has penned a heartfelt tribute to the footwork progenitor, who died on Saturday.
Hyperdub have released an official statement about the death of DJ Rashad.
DJ Rashad, real name Rashad Harden, was found dead in Chicago on Saturday. He was 34. Harden was signed to Hyperdub, and was billed to play several dates on the label's tenth anniversary tour this year.
"I was honored to release music from Rashad on Hyperdub," says Hyperdub founder Kode9 in today's statement. "I've only known him for around three years, but he had become a good friend and one of my biggest musical influences. He was one of the funniest, most positive people I've ever met and a true innovator.
"Everyone at the label is devastated by his passing and wish to send our sincere condolences to all his friends and family in Chicago, the Teklife crew and anyone anywhere who was graced by his presence and uplifted by his music. I'll never forget singing duet with him in a karaoke bar in Tokyo."
Rashad's manager, Wes Harden, added: "Rashad was a kind soul that left an indelible mark on the music world as the torchbearer of Footwork and Juke. Rest assured that all of those close to him will make sure that the legacy lives on for a great man whose life has been cut far too short."
Chicago police are still investigating the cause of death. Harden leaves behind a nine-year-old son, Chad, and his parents Gloria and Anthony Harden.
DJ Rashad brought footwork to the world. His energy, creativity and talent will be missed, but not forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.