In a Mon., Dec. 4 news post on Definitive Jux’s website, label co-CEO El-P announced that the Coup and Mr. Lif were involved in a bus crash after completing a Fri., Dec. 1 concert at the House of Blues in San Diego. Four members of the artists’ entourage — among them Lif’s DJ Big Wiz and Bay Area soul singer Silk-E — were hospitalized with injuries. While the Coup and Mr. Lif escaped serious harm, they subsequently canceled the rest of their tour together.
“Approximately 40 miles outside of San Diego the tour bus carrying Mr. Lif, The Coup, DJ Big Wiz, Metro and friends, flipped over and burst in to flames,” writes El-P in the news item. “Miraculously, everyone managed to escape with his or her lives. There were injuries suffered to different degrees ranging from minor to serious but everyone is essentially OK and getting treated in various hospitals. The bus and everything in the bus was destroyed in the fire. The most serious injuries were sustained by DJ Big Wiz (Def Jux), Zarha (friend and merchandise assistant to Mr. Lif) and SILK-E (The Coup). They are all being looked after now and beginning the process of recovery.”
Mr. Lif posted a notice on his MySpace page titled “All remaining US tour dates cancelled.” (Appropriately, the mood of the post is “Happy to be alvie [sic].”) “The tour bus ran off the road for a 30 foot drop. Everyone is alive, but four need extensive hospitalization & surgery. We appreciate all concern and would like to thank everyone who was planning to attend our shows,” he writes.
Plug One sends its thoughts to the artists and their families.