R.I.P. Solomon Kahn, DJ for the Golden State Warriors, 1977-2012

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Solomon Kahn, a beloved local DJ who performed at such diverse venues as Oracle Arena, AT&T Park, and every major club in San Francisco, was tragically killed Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Bangkok, Thailand, in a car accident. He was 34.

Kahn, known to clubgoers as DJ Solomon, was in Thailand as a part of a four-date tour, his first performances in the country. According to a family friend, he was with his fiancée, Nicole Cronin, in a taxi when the vehicle stalled on a highway and was rear-ended. Kahn was fatally wounded. Cronin sustained several fractures, but is not in critical condition.

Kahn was born July 11, 1977, and raised in the Marin suburb of San Rafael. He attended the Marin Academy for high school and exhibited a remarkable proficiency in music from a young age, with a talent for bass, according to his former music teacher, Bob Schleeter. Inspired by the then-new sound of golden-era hip-hop, Kahn made the transition to turntables with a gig in 1989, according to his online biography. This set him on a path to become one of the Bay Area's most respected DJs.

Specializing in a style that he called "pop turntablism," Kahn's DJing was a rare hybrid of technical ability and sheer creativity. Frequent collaborator DJ Shortkut describes him as, "A dope DJ. One of the only cats in the Bay who could play in front of anyone." Kahn quickly paid his dues and rose through the local ranks to eventually perform alongside such vaunted artists as Stevie Wonder, Steve Aoki, Z-Trip, De La Soul, Jurassic 5, and DJ AM.

Kahn was an outspoken proponent of technological progress within the DJ world. A perpetual early adopter, he was one of the first DJs in the Bay Area to promote the use of digital vinyl systems, and he worked as a beta tester for both Stanton's Final Scratch and Serato's Scratch Live.

In 2002, Kahn held a storied residency at 181 Eddy, according to the club's owner, Adam Snyder. His sessions there -- along with those of friends like Ean Golden, DJ Mei-Lwun, and DJ David Carvalho -- would do a lot to usher in the era of the mash-up in San Francisco, says fellow DJ Mei-Lwun Yee. It was working at this club that would eventually lead Kahn to meet his fiancée, Nicole Cronin.


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Ispinmusic
Ispinmusic

i'm crushed, solomon was the best all around dj in the bay area, hands down, he had so much skill, R.I.P shit I'm gonna miss solomon sets, hell of a guy, he deserved all the success in the world.

Angie
Angie

Friends of Solomon and Nicole have set up a website to help them financially.  Here's the link: https://www.wepay.com/donation...

You can donate as much/little as you want, and it can be done anonymously. I know that this is not the most trustworthy way of asking for support, but if you visit the link you will recognize some of their friends' names.  There's also a long list of condolences/comments.

Thank you.

b-dizzle
b-dizzle

RIP, I remember DJ S when going to Warriors games and thinking, he's pretty freaking good DJ!

Again, condolences to family and friends, deeply saddened by this.

RoseOkada
RoseOkada

Dear Shada and Tamam

Sending love and many prayers to you. I'm sure Solomon will continue to share his music and love in heaven.

Anthony Yepez
Anthony Yepez

We send our deepest condolences to his family & friends #AMGDJS

Blaise
Blaise

This sucks! Aww Sol! Knew him well, been a couple years. But not that many. From the Nick/Robbie/Robin/Nanhoi crew/part of his life. If  any of you are reading this- see you all soon. Since freshman year at M.A til- relatively recently. I just found out the terrible news from Robin. He was a great guy- had not seen him in  way too long. He was so humble-  especially for someone who had as many followers as he did. I loved that he never got that "Im famous", Vibe. In fact- quite the opposite. He really was an amazing person. I remember going snowboarding my first time with him, and going to way to fast on mountain bikes down Mt. Tam with him.  And of course dancing to his  amazing grooves, countless times. Though I never met most of his Family and fiance, My deepest condolences. I will Truly miss you brother.Blaise

Guess
Guess

He is making music with the Angels now. God Bless.

Charley Edwards
Charley Edwards

So sad to hear this.... my heart goes out to his family and friends

Gddy
Gddy

@Isa Foulk, my bro Ammon and the entire family... we mourn with you now. God bless.

Isa Foulk
Isa Foulk

Solomon was my nephew and an incredibly awesome being of light that reflected the bestof possibilities. He embodied love to the deepest level, commitment and integrityin all that he set out to do. His love for his partner Nicole was extraordinary!I pray that how he  left his mark on this life, is that all of you that have been touchedby his music, his presence, will remember and continue on with that light.

Chrissycat
Chrissycat

Such tragic news. I am deeply touched by this story and the story of his life. My upmost condolences go out to you and your family..may he rest in peace and may his marked talent in music he made may always live on. All the blessings.

Kelly Baker
Kelly Baker

So sorry for you loss. Shabda and Tamam also... much love from the Mashiach and Baker families, formerly of SF, now of Denton, TX.

MrE
MrE

So sad to lose such a great person and amazing asset to the SF scene.

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