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The hip-hop world was shocked to learn of the death of West Coast icon Big Wy on June 2. Born Wytony Dillon in 1970, Big Wy was a key figure in the west coast rap scene of the 1990s. Big Wy first found success as part of Bloods & Crips before forming Young Soliderz. Later Big Wy would join the Bloods-affiliate Damu Riders. However, he may be best known for his association with The Relativez, which he co-founded with Suga Buga. The Relativez were a pivotal part of the West Coast scene in the late 1990s and into the start of the 2000s.

While the specific cause of death has not been released, Big Wy had been struggling with a number of health issues for some time. In the wake of his death, a number of figures from the west coast scene have offered their tributes to their late colleague.

Hip Hop Mourns Big Wy

Tributes to the rapper have poured in from across the scene. “REST WELL MY BLOOD KING !! INGWOOD FINEST ( BIGY ) DAMN WE JUST TALK THE OTHER DAY…..YOU CALL TO GIVE ME CONGRATULATIONS ON MY SON * DAIYAN GOING TO THE LEAGUE!! DIDN’T EXSPECT THIS ONE. 🚩 I SEND MY CONDOLENCES 🙏🏿 TO THE ( FAMILY ) & RED TEAM,” Big U wrote on Instagram. “BIG WY  We lost Another Good 1 #RIP,” was Westside Gunn’s message on Twitter.

“This one sat me down . Had to go through the phases of reminiscing , breaking down & smiling . One of our West Coast #Legends . , he put on for the Gang 🩸& the Culture. Help mold youngsters lives & was a real homie , father & friend. Always was humble but stern. Did his dirt did his time and came back to these streets and kept doing it. Last we spoke you told me you wished shit could get back to where it’s at . Homie i’m still the same with you ! You never changed up on me and that I Respect,” Wack 100 said in his own post. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg posted a picture of the rapper with a RIP caption. Follow all the latest music news here on HotNewHipHop.