Mister Cee, Pioneering Brooklyn D.J., Dies at 57

Mister Cee, a disc jockey who was an integral figure in New York City’s booming 1990s hip-hop scene and an early champion of the Notorious B.I.G., has died. He was 57.

His death was confirmed on Wednesday by Skip Dillard, the brand manager at WXBK 94.7 The Block NYC, where Mister Cee had a show. No other details were provided.

Mister Cee, whose head-bopping mixes reverberated on New York radio for decades, was a hit D.J. on New York City’s Hot 97 for more than 20 years before leaving the station in 2014. He was the executive producer of the Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, “Ready to Die.”

Born Calvin Lebrun in August 1966 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Mister Cee grew up in his grandparents’ home and took to the turntables under the mentorship of an uncle who was a D.J., he told Rock the Bells, a hip-hop website, in November.


He added that his early influences came from the radio, listening to hip-hop acts like World Famous Supreme Team and Awesome Two.

“This turned into my passion for deejaying and having that dream that one day I wanted to be on the radio,” he said.

Mister Cee lived out the dream on Hot 97 before leaving the station, citing the station’s new musical direction. “I might be the answer for now, but I don’t think I’ll be the answer five or 10 years from now,” he told The New York Times in 2014.

Chris Green, a promoter at Capitol Musical Group who had known the D.J. since the mid-90s, said in an interview with The Times that year that Mister Cee “was the glue between the old and the new” on Hot 97.

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