Rest In Peace DJ Primo (June 27, 1980 – April 3, 2012)

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It is with a sad heart that we share the news that our brother in Christ, Carlos “DJ Primo” Avila, is no longer with us.  After struggling with severe depression, he took his own life yesterday.  This Mexican-born US Army Reserve veteran, who served the United States in tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Known as the “King of Christian chopped and screwed” music, Primo championed both the popular Southern hip-hop remix style and seamless video mixing.  He chopped and screwed the 116 Clique’s first compilation album, hosted a mix show with Holy Culture Radio, and founded for his work and that of others.

DJ Primo was a constant fixture at almost every Christian hip hop event held in Houston and, when in the country, was the regular house DJ at the Hip Hop Hope Tuesdays weekly outreach events with Bobby “Tre9” Herring in Houston’s 5th Ward.

Please lift up his family – wife Suhaylee Avila, and young daughter and son.

Want to help the Avila family?  The good folks at Reach Records have agreed to donate all of the proceeds from the next month of iTunes sales of their 116 Clique compilation album (one of first ever Reach Records releases) that DJ Primo chopped and screwed for them back in 2006 before Lecrae, Tedashii, Thi’sl, Sho Baraka, and J’son were well known chart toppers.

Here’s a direct link to make your purchase.

  • Jayru

    Praying for the family

  • Anonymous

    my family heart goes out to his family and may the Lord keep the angels incamped around them

  • Anonymous

    I am in utter shock and sadness Especially for his entire family. You all are in my prayers. I really enjoyed ALL of his music and his raw talent. His chopped and screwed albums ALWAYS lifted me up on rainy days and reminded my why Jesus loves me so much.

  • Tim

    My condolences go out to the family of DJ Primo as I love his skills and he was certainly a blessing to me

  • APKid

    So sad. May Go help his family through this hard time.