Joshua Prince, aka Dust La Rock — co-founder and former creative director of Fool’s Gold Records — has died. He was 38 years old.
A-Trak, his partner at Fool’s Gold, shared the news via Instagram:
Lost one of my dearest friends today. RIP Joshua Prince aka Dust La Rock, original Fool’s Gold co-founder… Art director for myself, Fool’s Gold and Duck Sauce. You helped define so much of what I stand for. Love you man. Still can’t believe this.
Prince served as creative director for Fool’s Gold from 2007 to 2012, and was also art director for A-Trak and Duck Sauce. He designed a number of the label’s album covers during his time there, including Danny Brown’s XXX and Action Bronson’s Blue Chips. A number of artists he worked with paid tribute to him via Twitter after the news broke this evening, which you can read below, along with some of his most notable album designs.
RIP Dust La Rock … You inspired me so much!!! .. So shocked at this news .. Can't fucking believe this!!!!
— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) February 3, 2015
So fucking sad. You were a genius Dust. http://t.co/sWQyjUqCk8
— FUNKLORDZ (@Chromeo) February 3, 2015
RIP Dust La Rock. My ace. Lost a brother today.
— Meringue Merengue (@atrak) February 3, 2015
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