He will be missed
Atlanta rap scene fixture and Future’s personal engineer Seth Firkins passed away earlier this week. He was 36 years old.
The news of his death sent a shockwave through the tight-knit world of Atlanta rap, with many stars hopping on Instagram to publicly grieve the loss of their friend. Future wrote a heartfelt tribute to Firkins underneath a photo of the pair working in the studio.
“I always gave racism a cold shoulder because my real brother Is a white guy by the name of Seth Firkins,” he began. “I got a call saying u died in your sleep? First thing came to my mind is, why are you sleep at 5am? That’s when we record our best shit & I tell u ‘don’t’ fall asleep we got more work to do.. but somethin told me I should’ve been at home recording for some reason. I was saying this in my head, then bad news beat me home! I love u beyond this post, I will cherish u forever big bro, I just wish u would’ve text me & told me u was going to sleep and i wasn’t going to be able to wake u up this time…the family will miss u 1000%!! No kap in my game kid, rest well my brother. Rest well.”
Mike Will Made It joined in the wave of tributes, sharing his own picture of Firkins and hoping that Firkins is at peace.
“Naw Fr, and you can never be replaced big dog, 1 of a kind fr, REST EASY OG, LOVE! RIP @sethfirkins,” he wrote.
Future associate Zoey Dollaz posted a video of Firkins and shared a heart-wrenching tribute of his own.
“I met u through Pluto a year or two ago dealing with music but literally u became an actual friend outside of music,” he wrote. “Always checking on me always telling me u grew to love me like a Lil bro and how talented I am smh if this hurt me I can imagine how Hndrxx feeling rest in heaven big guy @sethfirkins grateful I got to meet u.”
Other Freebandz members were just as upset, as this post from Lil Souf shows.
“Words can not explain the amount of pain I am in right now from hearing the news,” he wrote. “I literally spoke to you 2 days ago.. You were my mentor & most importantly my best friend. You coached me through it all for years, I would almost give it all up on numerous occasions but you always made sure to give me the pep talks to make sure I kept going hard. I love you big bro, Seth Firkins aka Big Norf.. I’m gonna go even harder for you.. Rest In Paradise.”
Outside of Future’s immediate orbit, there were even more tributes to the late engineer. TM88 wrote that Firkins was “one of the greatest to ever do it.” Tunji Ige wrote that the “music world had a great loss today.”
Mixer Alex Tumay added that that the “music world is going to sound much worse” without the famed engineer.
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