Q, the founder WorldstarHipHop.com, one of the most popular Hip-Hop sites in the world died yesterday (January 24).
Q, born Lee O’Denat, died in his sleep at the age of 43, according to multiple reports.
“My condolences go out to his family. Q was an entrepreneur, a pioneer and all around great guy,” Kevin Black, former President of WorldStarHipHop.com told AllHipHop.com.
The website was founded in 2005, with controversial fight videos, mixtapes, stripper videos and interviews with rappers.
“Hip-hop is for the sex, the drugs, the violence, the beefs, the culture,” Q told the New York Times in 2015. “That’s the competitiveness of hip-hop, so I felt like the site needed to be R-rated.”
Before his untimely death, Q had been planning the launch of “World Star TV,” which is a 10-episode weekly comedy/sketch series set to debut on February 3 on MTV2.
“God bless ya family & friends. You was a real solid, stand-up dude,” Atlanta rapper T.I. said. “We can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for all of US!!! You were always pleasant & positive through all the madness. You built a brand that changed the course of culture. Your legacy will live on. On behalf of The Harris Family, BankRoll Mafia & The Hustle Gang, We offer our truest & deepest condolences. With Love & Respect. Rest Easy King. #RIPQ.”
“RIP to my guy Q@worldstar we got some years in. Great, Great, Great Dude,” said Charlamagne Tha God. “One of those moments where you don’t cry because it’s over, you smile because it happened. SMH. Brother was already up but he had some phenomenal things cooking.”