DJ Stef’s sudden passing this past Sunday is a huge loss. A big homie to nearly every DJ and hip hop fan in the Bay Area, Stef was unfailingly enthusiastic, supportive, and generous. She started the influential Vinyl Exchange zine in the mid-90s championing a golden era of independent hip hop, impacting the taste of a generation of west coast DJs, and helping launch the careers of a huge number of artists. Stef was also an accomplished graphic designer with a long list of clients, including our dear friend Matthew Africa’s “Yay Game: the Best of E-40”. Always supporting live music, DJs, and her friends, we knew we’d see Stef anytime we stopped through the Bay for a gig.
Our love and support goes out to her husband Serg, her family and friends, and everyone who was touched by her, as we were. We love you, Stef, and miss you already. Give Matthew a hug for us; we’re glad you’ll both have a friend to talk music with