Minneapolis rapper Dodi Phy has died

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The Twin Cities hip-hop community is mourning the loss of rapper Dodi Phy (given name Mohamed Turay), who died at the age of 31 on February 21.

The Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider, in a poignant tribute to the fallen MC, reports that Turay committed suicide following a lengthy battle with depression, leaving behind two young sons, Jabarri and Khalil.


Dodi Phy was set to release his own album, All Things Considered, later this year, with his collaborator DJ Turtleneck. He rose to prominence in the local hip-hop scene by appearing on tracks with Muja Messiah, M.anifest, Villa Rosa, and other artists. He also caught people's attention with his dynamic live performances, and was known for his socially aware lyrics and the old-school flavor of his spirited vocal delivery.

His 2010 track "Capture the Moment" is reminiscent -- in his rhymes, the funky beats, and even the look of the video -- of early Poor Righteous Teachers, with the young MC's self-assured confidence on the mic coming through in the vibrant track.

"It's essential I gain knowledge and wisdom/As time passes I choose to walk the path less chosen by the masses...My first love was the mic/I knew it at first sight," Dodi Phy rhymes passionately on this tribute video (below) put together following his passing. The talent and the conviction is definitely there in his work, and it's sad that those skills didn't have an opportunity to blossom further and flourish in the local scene in the future.

Slug of Atmosphere, M.anifest, and many others in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene have paid their respects to Dodi Phy. DJ Turtleneck has plans to go forward with the album Dodi Phy was working on at the time of his passing, to honor his fallen friend. And hopefully that record does see the light of day, so everyone gets a chance to hear the considerable talents of Turay one more time.

Dodi Phy's funeral is on Saturday, with a memorial service schedule for 11 a.m. at Masjid An-Nur Mosque. His family has set up a memorial fund at GiveForward.com, to alleviate the cost of the funeral, as well as help support his two young sons.

A musical tribute to Dodi Phy is reportedly in the works, tentatively planned to take place at the Nomad Pub on March 30.


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27 comments
Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Charles Hendricks my point being as someone who knew him its kind of messed up. Everyone was finally coming to terms with what happened then Bam...... Citypages goes and reports on it in an untimely manner. I don't expect you to understand why its annoying.

Wayne Robbins
Wayne Robbins

never heard of him but it's sad all the same ...human life wasted

Charles Hendricks
Charles Hendricks

Who cares when it you saw it...the post it what matters, not the time stamp

Bianca BLovely Rhodes
Bianca BLovely Rhodes

What is crazy is just as I saw this, my pandora played a song called "Wish you were here," Ugh, crying again. My dear friends and family, love on each other even just for a moment.

CITYRIDERRT19
CITYRIDERRT19

Aint no swine when I dine but I still eat p****.  Great Line, MUCH LOVE. RIP

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

this is likely the most press he has ever received...sad

Melissa LeVasseur Lueth
Melissa LeVasseur Lueth

Who??? Never heard of him but then again not a rap fan. Sad he succumbed to to such a depression.

Steve Kotvis
Steve Kotvis

Sad. Some timely and prophetic words in his "Capture the Moment" song.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Why is this just being mentioned now? My news feed was going crazy with RIPs almost two weeks ago...... Congrats on the late reporting.

Maria Frank
Maria Frank

omg I'm stunned. I knew Dodi about 10 years ago and I remember how talented he truly was. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. what an incredibly sad loss.

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