We Lost Two Great Ones: R.I.P. Big Kap And Journalist Michael J. Feeney





It’s always difficult to write a post on the passing of a public figure or entertainer you have grown to appreciate, but it’s even harder to formulate the words when it’s someone you know, respect and has shown you immense support throughout your career.

This can be said for industry notables, DJ Big Kapp (above) and journalist Michael J. Feeney (below).


They both passed away this week – and New York – no — our culture, industry and generation has unfortunately lost two great men.

The two were not only kind, but supportive, generous and remarkably humble…

Where do I start?

Big Kap was a great man in hip-hop. Yet, he was even a better man in real life.

I remember him as a mellow guy who was more often than not, low-key, friendly – and welcoming. During the times when I saw him out, or had the opportunity to hang out with him, Kap was someone who you could easily talk to, would keep it real with you regardless of the topic, and knew the game well enough not to take it so seriously.

Essentially, Kap had a coolness about him that could not be duplicated. He was Big Kap, and bigger than life.

Kap’s road manager told Billboard that Kap died of a heart attack. Kap was 45 years old.

For those of you who aren’t up on the culture of hip hop – Kap was a New York hip-hop DJ and a respected figure in the 90s NYC rap scene. He cultivated the  some of the biggest names in the game.

Let’s do a mini history lesson:

Big Kap released the single “Da Ladies In the House” in 1995, which featured some on-the-rise female rappers: Precise, Uneek, Tripp, Bahamadia and a pre-The Score Lauryn Hill. He and Funkmaster Flex also released the hit album The Tunnel in 1999, which featured freestyles from late superstars 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G., as well as tracks featuring LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Erick Sermon, Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim and more. The Tunnel peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Big Kap also guest Deejayed on the ATL crunk classic “Bia Bia” by Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz.

Beyond his credits in the game he was a “real good dude”. Rest in peace Kap. We shall miss you.

That brings me to journalist, Michael J. Feeney.

I met Mike on a few occasions – specifically at media related events, and like Kap, he was always gracious.

I knew of his accomplishments through friends – but even more than his resume – those who knew him personally spoke volumes of his character.

They acknowledged he was one of the few “non industry” industry people you would encounter. Those of you who are in the industry will get that statement.

I learned of Mike’s passing via Facebook. At the time I saw it, I didn’t have the words to write to add to the growing list of messages, but I knew that he was clearly gone too soon. Mike was only 32.

Mike was a true journalist. He was a former reporter for the New York Daily News, served as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, worked for the Associated Press and was scheduled to start a new gig at CNN as an entertainment reporter.

Sadly, on Sunday, January 31st, Feeney died of complications from a staph infection in his kidneys.

Michael Feeney will be celebrated by friends, family and loved ones on held Monday, February 8th at First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem. The viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the funeral at 11 a.m.

There will be a second service held Feb. 8th at Community Baptist Church in Englewood, N.J. The viewing will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the funeral service immediately following.

To say this week has been a tough one is an understatement.

I can only pray that we stay connected, stay alert, and keep praying for each other.

No one knows when our time will come, so until then – stay tuned, stay blessed and stay de-stressed.