MC Fats AKA Singing Fats (real name Wildale Spencer) one of jungle and drum ‘n’ bass’s most distinctive and central voices, has died.
News of his passing circulated began circulating today (March 10) on social media, with Andy C’s RAM Records posting a statement on Twitter. It read: “We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of MC Fats.
“He was a legend of DNB and a dear member of our family from the very beginning,” it continued.
“His loss is deeply felt, and our hearts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.
“May his legacy live on. Peace, Love & Unity.”
Fats had been suffering from ill health for a number of years. In 2018 a community fundraiser from within the drum ‘n’ bass scene raised over £10,000 to go towards undergoing heart surgery.
Fats was also a regular at the scene’s parties and raves, including a stint as a resident MC at London institution fabric.
Rest easy MC Fats, thank you for all the laughs and good times along the way, it's a sad day for DNB, see you on the other side my friend. pic.twitter.com/jg8ITNZUtI— Doc Scott (@docscott31) March 10, 2023
Other tributes have been coming in for Fats, read some below.
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R.I.P Fats man we lost a legend...top bloke and top MC pic.twitter.com/IIUSVz2R4X— Sukh Knight (@SukhKnight) March 10, 2023
Just learned of MC Fats’ passing. Heartbroken, a real gent every time we met or worked together. Thanks for the memories and for gracing my label with your irreplaceable voice, a massive inspiration and piece of this music gone too soon pic.twitter.com/s3CTWoYVAC— Ant TC1 (@AntTC1) March 10, 2023
RIP FATS … One of the first times I had been to London Randall, A-Sides and Fats took me to a garage club no clue why these guys wanted to take me to a garage club (I was probably curious) but the memory is still so amazing!! Love them guys Love & Peace MC Fats— CRAZE (@CRAZEARONI) March 10, 2023