One of the founding fathers of the Jersey Club music scene has passed away.
Tim Foster, widely known as DJ Tim Dolla, was 39.
Details surrounding his death were not immediately clear. Her family posted details of the funeral services on their Instagram page last week.
“It was one[sic] unstoppable force to be reckoned with, a pioneer who helped lead our Jersey Club movement,” his musical team, Brick Bandits, wrote on Instagram.
“Tim was an ambassador of culture, teaching and mentoring many people throughout his journey as a DJ/producer.
“He was an icon even if he didn’t think of himself as one. He was the people’s champion who often cheered you on much harder than he did for himself.”
Born in Newark, Dolla helped produce the fast, bouncy dance music identified by the bass drum triplets which swept the North Jersey club scene in the early 2000s.
Dolla was a member of a crew known as the Brick Bandits, who drew inspiration from Baltimore’s hybrid of house and hip-hop music to produce the songs that would later become the Jersey Club beats.
One of Dolla’s most popular songs is “Swing Date,” which, according to the DJ, was created to give MCs a break, NJ Advance Media reports.
“Tim’s goal was to make everyone around him better, I believe he achieved that,” Brick Bandits wrote. “He was humble and funny as shit! There was never a dull moment when you were around him. I don’t think anyone ever saw him upset, if he did. never been, he never showed it because even then he was making jokes.
“DJ Tim Dolla is the JERSEY CLUB KING!!! NOBODY has done more for our culture and gender than him.”
A big party will honor Dolla’s life this week in Roselle.
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