Oakland, CA – Sad news going into the Holiday weekend.
Pam The Funkstress has passed away after undergoing successful surgery for an undisclosed medical condition last month.
Chuy Gomez of Hot 105.7 FM San Francisco helped circulate the unfortunate circumstances as the social media tributes poured in.
— C H U Y (@ChuyGomez) December 23, 2017
Born Pam Warren, she gained national recognition across the Hip Hop community for her turntable techniques as a vital component of defiant rap outfit, The Coup. She later earned the nickname “Purple Pam” for being a secret weapon to the late, great Prince, especially during his final farewell, The Piano and a Microphone Tour.
HipHopDX offers our deepest condolences to family and friends of Pam The Funkstress during this difficult time. Check below for more admiration on her life and career from her peers.
RIP Pam the Funktress, a Bay Area legend. pic.twitter.com/E4hhcNwbS5
— Too $hort (@TooShort) December 23, 2017
Rest In Peace Pam The Funkstress
— Evidence. (@Evidence) December 23, 2017
Rest In Beats SIS …damn this is a hurting one. THE COUP – PAM THE FUNKSTRESS (LIVE) – YouTube https://t.co/Ku2blpQhqX
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) December 23, 2017
Damm…another good one passes away. Rest In Peace to a Bay Area legend, Pam Warren aka the legendary #PamTheFunkstress of the Coup aka Dj Purple Pam. I'm going to dedicate my Cypress Junkies set to you tonight. You will definitely be missed.
— rhettmatic (@rhettmatic) December 23, 2017
I had to take a second before posting this one. @pamfunkstress' transition into the next phase is just another reminder of how fragile physical life is. Our experiences on this planet are temporary. Death reminds us of that in the most vivid of ways. Make the most of your "time" on this earth, you're only here for a limited period. Accomplish as much you can. Be kind to people. Learn and evolve. These are all things Pam did before she bounced. Pam was a great example to DJs (*especially female DJs) and her legacy as a DJ was cemented before she left. #rippamthefunkstress
— AMP LIVE (@amplive) December 23, 2017
One of the best parts of moving to Oakland was that when I went to see The Coup, Pam the Funkstress was there. She didn't go on tour and only played Bay Area shows with them, and even stopped doing that after Sorry to Bother You came out. So glad I got to see her perform. RIP pic.twitter.com/7yp7lCHlNk
— Scott Morris (@OakMorr) December 23, 2017
Rest In Peace "Purple Pam" aka DJ Pam Tha Funkstress. Thank you Pam Warren for all the love and support over the years.
— Balance510 (@Balance510) December 23, 2017
RIP Pam the Funkstress. If you can donate, please do so https://t.co/MRcGKYLlXA
— realestsincekumbaya (@djtara) December 23, 2017
Well dang. Sad to hear Oakland DJ legend, Pam the Funkstress has died. Scratch in peace. pic.twitter.com/d9c1sycfUI
— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) December 23, 2017
Legendary Oakland DJ Pam The Funkstress has passed. pic.twitter.com/UUhAoUtFbF
— Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) December 23, 2017
Extremely sad to hear about the passing of Pam the Funkstress. A true pioneer, and incredible person.
Rest in Power Queen
— Lateef Truthspeaker (@TruthspeakerHQ) December 23, 2017
Oh man, R.I.P. to the great Pam the Funkstress of The Coup. This is one of my favorite songs of all time, from a wildly underrated album https://t.co/icrwFjKKA6
— Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) December 23, 2017
— Casey Rain | S-Endz | The Neosoulja (@CaseyRain) December 23, 2017
— KQED Arts (@KQEDarts) December 23, 2017
— East Bay Yesterday (@ebyesterday) December 23, 2017
(This article was last updated on November 18, 2017 and can be found below.)
The Coup’s Boots Riley took to Facebook earlier this week to confirm Pam The Funkstress was at a Bay Area hospital ICU fighting for her life. Pam, who was Prince’s personal DJ and member of The Coup, is heralded as a Bay Area Hip Hop legend.
“Pam The Funkstress is in ICU, fighting for her life,” Riley wrote. “She’s stubborn, strong, and a fighter- but could use your thoughts, love, and well wishes in any way you see fit. Her family will show her this post. It will energize her.”
Pam, or Purple Pam — a nickname she earned because of her work with Prince — provided scratches on many of The Coup tracks, including 1993’s “Kill My Landlord” and 2006’s “Pick a Bigger Weapon.” During Prince’s final tour, the Piano and a Microphone Tour, Pam served as the DJ for many of the shows’ after parties.
On Sunday (November 12), Pam took to Instagram to announce she was experiencing some kind of health issue, but didn’t elaborate any further.
“Do to unforeseen health issues I am forced to cancel all gigs until further notice,” she wrote. “Thank you for understanding. Love you all.”
Many of her peers took to social media to show their support for Purple Pam, including Daveed Diggs and DJ Platurn.
HipHopDX reached out to Riley, but didn’t hear immediately back.
No further details on Pam’s condition are available at this time.
Please send all your love and good energy out to Pam The Funkstress who in the hospital in critical condition. She is a Bay Area legend who has always loved and supported young artists. We love you Pam. pic.twitter.com/YmjAJQwfFK
— Daveed Diggs (@DaveedDiggs) November 17, 2017
Prayers & Postiive Thoughts Urged for DJ Pam The Funkstress Who "Is in ICU, fighting for her life" According To Boots Riley of The Couphttps://t.co/aTLp4gCEkA
— DJ Platurn (@Platurn) November 17, 2017
🙏 for Pam the Funkstress!
— Thizzler On The Roof (@TheThizzler) November 18, 2017
— Stess The Emcee (@StessTheEmcee) November 18, 2017