Carnegie of Silver Medallion Killed in Car Accident

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This is some heavy-duty bad news that I have the unfortunate task of reporting: Carnegie, one half of Scottsdale/NYC hip-hop duo Silver Medallion was killed in a car accident early this morning.

The 25-year-old Arizona native, who was known offstage by his real name Abay Lattin, was heading home from a performance when the accident occurred at around 3 a.m. near the Tempe/Mesa border.

His partner Oren J. Schauble was very much in shock when I spoke with him a few minutes ago. He'd been awakened earlier today by a friend informing him of the Carnegie's death.

"It was so hard to wake up and hear the awful news," Schauble says. "It feels kind of unbelievable. We did a show the night before in front of thousands of people and then he's suddenly gone."

Silver Medallion rose to prominence in 2008 amidst Scottsdale's glammed-out late naughties scene, both glamorizing and skewering the city's club life in their hit song of the same name. Earlier this year, the duo moved to New York where they'd found some success.

They'd flown back to the Valley on Thursday for a gig later that evening at the N9NE Fest in Tucson opening up for Pittsburgh's Girl Talk. The duo also performed last night at the Hotel Theodore in Scottsdale before Carnegie headed over to Philthy Phil's for a late night spin session at hipster dance night Ransom.

According to Oren, Carnegie was riding home from Philthy Phil's with recording engineer/hip-hop artist named Trife. They were driving near the Tempe/Mesa border when a Ford Expedition (allegedly driven by a 17-year-old) slammed into their car. Carnegie passed away at the scene while Trife (who sustained fractured ribs and a broken leg) and the occupants of the other vehicle were taken to Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center.

Joel Davis, a longtime collaborator with Silver Medallion who spins under the name DJ Epidemic, summed up what I'm sure a lot of fans and friends of the group are feeling.

"It's a total clusterfuck and tragedy," he says. "Carnegie was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It sucks because they were only in town to do these shows this weekend and then this had to happen."

Schauble says Silver Medallion's scheduled performance at Afterlife in Scottsdale later tonight has obviously been cancelled, and he's planning to turn their Sunday evening gig at Martini Ranch into a DJ session and "tribute to Carnegie" featuring many of his late partner's favorite songs. (Carnegie was also supposed to DJ tonight at Doc's Place during Obsessions Saturdays. Fans and friends will reportedly be gathered at the event tonight in tribute.)

Schauble, Davis, and other friends held an impromptu wake at The Lodge in Scottsdale this afternoon before heading over to the studios of 92.7/99.3 The Beat to discuss Carnegie and drop some tracks in his honor.
Despite his partner's death, Schauble says that Silver Medallion will live on.

"It's going to be tough, but I'm going to keep going and come up with something to express his legacy," he says.

Numerous tributes and message to Carnegie have hit the Internet since word broke this morning. Karlie Hustle (formerly of Power 98.3) provided a touching tribute on her blog stating her appreciate for the hip-hop artist.

"I express my sincere pride in sharing the same space as you over the past few years," she wrote.

Numerous people have also posted comments to Carnegie's Facebook page, including DJ Jimmy Martin-Nelson (a.k.a. Death to the Throne).

"Abay Lattin was one of the coolest, most positive and open minded artist I ever worked with," Martin-Nelson wrote. "He was one of the few people I knew who loved music as much as I did. And the half hour argument I had with him over the last M.I.A. record and Kanye was one of the highlights of my life. But all that's gone now."

Like many of his fans and friends, I can back up Death to the Throne's kind words about Carnegie. He was a decent human being with a gifted voice who I got to both interview and share drinks with on a few occasions.

One memory of him sticks out in my mind: I gave Carnegie a lift back to his apartment after happening upon him outside of Myst in Scottsdale around closing time one Saturday night last year. He was a bit out of sorts after having been ditched by a date a few hours earlier.

We had a cool conversation during the drive about women and the many vexations that they can bring. Carnegie had had a few that evening and was feeling a bit philosophical about life and love, and was talking about how he was moving past that particular girl and looking forward to bigger things ahead. Before dropping him off, he said something rather portentous that's been haunting me a little since I heard the news of his passing.

"Life is too fucking short man," he stated.

It is indeed. Rest in peace Carnegie.



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18 comments
LAMARRWALLS2
LAMARRWALLS2

WHATS UP BRO ITS YA BOY LAMARR DROPPIN A COUPLE MORE LINES UMM MAN I GOT UP THIS MORNING THINKING BOUT U MAN AND STILL CANT BELIEVE THIS HAPPEN I WAS ASKING ABOUT U TO CHIOKA MAN THE NIGHT BEFORE IT ALL HAPPEN AND IM REALLY TORN ABOUT THIS!!!! AND FUCK EVERYBODY TRYNA JUSTIFY THAT IT WAS JUST AN ACCIDENT FORGET THAT MY HOMEBOYS LIFE WAS TAKEN BECAUSE OF A IDIOTIC YOUNG RAT WANTS TO DRINK AND DRIVE BUT SHE WONT TAKE UR MEMORY AWAY MY NIG AND ME AND MY CREW IS GONNA KEEP THIS MUZIC ISSSSSH GOING FOR U FOREVER!!!! R.I.P ABBAY LATTIN AKA CARNEGIE ONE LOVE

Suma Lattin
Suma Lattin

I'm Suma Lattin, Abay Lattin's sister. What happed to my brother, Unwa and Matt was horrible. My heart is completly broken from this, you will never understand how it feels to loose your older sibling until it happens to you and I wouldn't wish this pain on anyone. My parents had to speak at their childs memorial service, my grandma had to make memorial arrangements for her grandchild! I hope this never happens to any of you. I don't care what the young lady has to say to me, but an appology needs to be said to my parents. Everyone's lives have been changed for ever and she has ruined hers and two other families. There is nothing that can be said to take this back, if there were words to describe how I really feel I would say them. I'm heartbroken.

EllisMama5
EllisMama5

Alehound, family money? do you even know her family?? I think not!! I do and you are sadly mistaken. this is all a tragedy even for her and her family. Thats why its called a ACCIDENT..... she didnt set out to kill anyone.. you people are so foolish and speak nonsense..Prayers and condolences to all families and friends!!! God is the ONLY ONE TO JUDGE!!!

Monique Boulanger
Monique Boulanger

RIP dude, was one of the few artists that stood on his own voice and not Auto-tune. Pure talent...dead by a senseless act.

Loveprincessbetty
Loveprincessbetty

Abay was my hgh school friend and I hadnt talked to him in years but we messaged each other a bit on myspace a few months earlier and he let me know how special a girl i was and i really appreciated that Im glad I got to chat with him a bit beore he passed he was so cool and had a very funny sarcastic sense o humor! Wish I couldve seen him again! And wish I couldve seen him perform

Daboyruff
Daboyruff

that was my homeboy and my brother and i've known him for going on 8 years now and we have done some work together and every time we saw each other we said we'd do something together....never forgotten always will be missed ya boy Ruff !

jcg
jcg

I don't remember reading anything that stated his death was not as important because he wasn't famous. I am sorry for your loss.

Kathyforeman
Kathyforeman

Sorry to hear about your friend the hip-hop artist. The "unnamed" motorcyclist also killed in the accident was Matt West, a sophomore in the honors program at ASU. How unfortunate that he was "unnamed" and made out to be not as important because he wasn't famous or well known. He was well known to us--also a musician who played in our church's youth praise band and worked with the youth group. It was a sad, sad day in our church today. He was very well known by our church family and will be greatly missed by us all!

Alehound
Alehound

We will have to see if this drunk teen bitch gets away with this, like the other one did..Family money buys wonders these days.

Conniemuhammad
Conniemuhammad

Actually both reports (this and AZ Central) says early saturday morning is when the accident occured (9-11-10).Are we so ritualistic with 9-11 that we cant associate any thing else but The World Trade Center with the date. Silly.

Wolfie
Wolfie

I knew Abay as a high school student. Crazy smart, crazy talented. He was in my acting classes and improv troupe. I had lost touch with where his life had taken him. I am saddened to hear this news, but also happy to hear that he was doing so well.

Kdogg369
Kdogg369

The word accident can't apply her. The driver of the car that caused this crash was drinking before she drove. Two lives lost because of another drunk.

DJ Akshen
DJ Akshen

I never had the honor of meeting or working with Carnegie, but a lot of people I know personally in the industry have and I am deeply sadden for the lost of their friend and brother. As a DJ here in the valley I travel those same streets at the same time as he did that tragic night, and it makes me think that it could happen to anyone of us at any given time. To all my fellow DJ's and Artists please be careful out there and Safe Travels.

Sis.C
Sis.C

I am confused, if it was last night,was'nt it the 11th.R.I.P Abay!!

Jessica Bullis
Jessica Bullis

EllisMama5, I agree, God is the only one to judge, however; right is right and wrong is wrong (if you know anything about the law and ethics). Driving drunk (or drinking at all for that matter, while being underage) is not only ILLEGAL, unethical, and dangerous, it was proven to have caused this "ACCIDENT". Yes, it was a car "ACCIDENT", but it probably could have been avoided if the girl hadn't been drinking and driving.

ai
ai

No. He wrote this on the 11th. It was the 10th when this accident occurred.

alehound
alehound

If their was a god, he would strike her down by having a beer truck head-on her. Shalom and Jihad bitches.

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