A Lighter Shade Of Brown’s DTTX Passes Away

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Updated Report: Today (July 18), it was confirmed that DTTX (Don’t Try To Xerox) a/k/a Bobby Ramirez has died in a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital. Yesterday, DTTX’s medical condition was listed as “grave” from reports of the co-founder of A Lighter Shade Of Brown. He was taken off of life support, according to a report at AllHipHop.com. Ramirez was in a coma since July 7. A post on the duo’s Facebook page connected the coma to alcohol poisoning. DTTX’s age at the time of his death has not been publicized.

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times is one of the public figures to have responded to developing news of DTTX’s death:

Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to the family, friends, and fans of DTTX and A Lighter Shade Of Brown.

Throughout the 1990s, Riverside, California duo A Lighter Shade Of Brown was among the most popular Mexican-American Hip-Hop acts. 1992’s Hip Hop Locos and 1994 follow-up Layin’ In The Cut were both Top 100-charting albums, from the duo of DTTX (Don’t Try To Xerox) and partner ODM (One Dope Mexican). Signed to Mercury Records for much of their career, the group joined Cypress Hill, Kid Frost, and Mellow Man Ace in a movement that showed the connection Rap music had to the streets, especially in the West Coast and Southwest.

DTTX, the MC whose real name is Bobby Ramirez is believed to have fallen into a coma. According to Rap Talk, on July 7, he was found unresponsive and taken to a hospital.

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The duo (who also worked with Rappin’ 4-Tay and Tony Toni Toné)  is perhaps best known for 1990 breakout single, “On A Sunday Afternoon”:

In 2011, A Lighter Shade Of Brown released their album, It’s A Wrap. The duo had been performing recently, and canceled a July show before DTTX’s death.