Bay Area-based blog Thizzler on the Roof first broke the news on Sunday (Jan. 2), tweeting, “Rest In Peace [Traxamillion], the San Jose producer who helped create the ‘Hyphy‘ sound passed away today. This is a huge loss for Northern California. We send our condolences to his family & loved ones.”
Empire Records, the record label Traxamillion was signed to, also confirmed his passing in a statement. “We lost a true Bay Area cornerstone to cancer today. Rest in Power to Traxamillion, the architect of the Hyphy sound and a legendary producer to the fullest.”
According to the Chronicle, Traxamillion died on Sunday morning following a multi-year battle with a rare form of cancer. The producer was in hospice at his aunt’s residence in Santa Clara, California at the time. According to his manager Prashant “PK” Kumar, Traxamillion was first diagnosed with the cancer in 2017.
“He was an amazing musician/producer,” Kumar told the outlet. “He was an integral part of the hyphy music sound who helped reopen the door for Bay Area hip hop. He did it in 2004 or 2005, and the rest of California got on it and adapted his sound.”
Traxamillion got his start in the 2000s, when the hyphy movement was growing beyond the Bay Area and into a worldwide subgenre. He produced tracks like Keak Da Sneak’s “Super Hyphy,” Mistah F.A.B.’s “Sideshow,” The Pack’s “Club Stuntin,” Izz Thizz’s “Gas, Skrape,” The Jacka’s “From the Hood,” Dem Hoodstarz’s “Grown Man Remix” and more.
In 2006, he released The Slapp Addict compilation, which featured Mistah F.A.B., Too $hort, Smitty Grands, Clyde Carson, Turf Talk, San Quinn, Keak Da Sneak, Zion I and more. He also worked with DJ Shadow, E-40, City Girls, Paul Wall, T.I., Mac Dre, Freeway and others.
On Twitter; rappers, producers and fans paid their respects.
“RIP TRAXAMILLION the legends are always the ones who bring something to the game that shifts it,” Metro Boomin wrote.
Rest In Peace. See more tributes to Traxamillion on Twitter below.
— DjFreshDjFreshDjFresh (@DJFreshX3) January 2, 2022
RIP TRAXAMILLION the legends are always the ones who bring something to the game that shifts it pic.twitter.com/60I0dCzb3I
— Metro Boomin (@MetroBoomin) January 2, 2022
TRAXAMILLION FOREVER!!!!! BAY AREA CA FOREVER I LOVE YOU WESTCOAST AND I LOVE YOU WORLD! THE WHOLE WORLD! – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) January 2, 2022
Rest in Peace to the legend Traxamillion 🙏.
— RGZ (@RoachG) January 2, 2022
— Ash Kalra 🌱 (@Ash_Kalra) January 3, 2022
Rest Well @Traxamillion you may be gone but ya sound lives on forever. Especially this year, even more people will hear ya music and ya legendary tag… 🕊🕊🕊
— DaBoyDame (@DaBoyDame) January 2, 2022
Rip traxamillion 🤲🏾 thank you for the impact you had on bay music & the hyphy movement
— t◎ny 🇺🇸🏴☠️ (@tonyplasencia3) January 3, 2022
Mannnn… the influence Traxamillion had on the Bay Area and hip hop will live on forever. Slap in peace legend. Thanks for all the blappers 🕊
— •SUAV£ ⚔️ STYL£S• (@El_Jefe408) January 2, 2022
Thank you Traxamillion for making a Hyphy beats & make 2006 Hyphy Movement legendary your music & legacy will always be remembered & appreciated & never be forgotten Hyphy In Paradise Traxamillion pic.twitter.com/A79XS2xxvb
— Aquil "Swagg Daddy Playboy Tony Staxx" Kennedy (@SwaggDaddyStaxx) January 3, 2022
Damn RIP Traxamillion. Some of the hardest sounds out there . 💜
— former baby (@JubileeDJ) January 2, 2022
Rest In Peace Traxamillion, a Bay Area legend and one of the main architects of the “Hyphy” sound. His production is the reason Hyphy sounded the way it did in the early 2000s. A true originator going dumb at the sideshow in the skies. pic.twitter.com/3lbmHxP3vO
— Donald Morrison (@DonnyMorrison26) January 2, 2022
— Balance510 (@Balance510) January 2, 2022
Rest In Peace @traxamillion 🙏🕊️ The San Jose producer who helped create the "Hyphy" sound passed away today. This is a huge loss for Northern California 💔 We send our condolences to his family & loved ones. #RIPTraxamillion pic.twitter.com/I3k4NsUq5M
— Thizzler On The Roof (@TheThizzler) January 2, 2022