DJ Ready Red, Geto Boys’ Founding Member, Passes Away At 53

NEW YORK - 1987:  Houston rap group The Ghetto Boys (later spelled Geto Boys) (clockwise from top: DJ Ready Red, Prince Johnny C and Sire Jukebox) pose for a portrait for their album 'You Ain't Nothing' 1987 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

DJ Ready Red, Geto Boys’ Founding Member, Passes Away At 53

He reportedly has died from an apparent heart attack.

Published August 25, 2018

On Friday (Aug. 24), a founding member of the Geto Boys, DJ Ready Red, reportedly has died from an apparent heart attack at his home in New Jersey.

The New Jersey native, whose birth name was Collins Leysath, was 53.

Fellow Geto Boys member, Willie D shared the sad news via an Instagram video.

#RIP Geto Boys Original DJ & Producer, DJ Ready Red (1965-2018) #30yearsofControversy

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“DJ Ready Red died today of an apparent heart attack,” Willie D regrettably announced. “Red was the Geto Boys’ first DJ and producer, he gave us our sound.”

He then went on to share that the “Musical Enforcer,” was responsible for “most of the production,” in the early days of the group.

“To say that he was a pioneer would be an understatement,” he continued before adding, “Red was before his time. There’s a lot of producers today that are eating off of Red and don’t even know why their bellies are full.”

For those who don’t know, the groups biggest hit was 1991 “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.”

  1. Keep scrolling to see the incoming tributes to DJ Ready Red:

BET extends its deepest love, prayers, and light to the Leysath family at this time.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


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