It’s been a rough year for the music community. Many artists have died, either from coronavirus or unrelated causes, over the last few months. This week and next I will feature songs by some of the dearly departed.
Oliver Stokes, Jr., known as Go DJ Black N Mild, was a New Orleans DJ and radio host who died on March 19 at the age of 44 after testing positive for COVID-19. He is survived by a wife and four children.
In addition to his radio and DJ gigs, Stokes worked as an in-school suspension coordinator at a local charter school. He helped popularize the New Orleans “bounce” sound through his radio show and his own compositions.
Stokes is not to be confused with another DJ BlaqNmilD (different spelling, stage name of Adam Pigott), who also hails from New Orleans and has worked with Drake and other big names.
Pigott cleared up the confusion with the following post after Stokes’ death:
“For the ones who don’t know, they always had two ‘Black N Milds in New Orleans… They had a Go DJ Black N Mild who was with the Go DJs. Cool guy. I’m the producer BlaqNmilD from New Orleans. I did a little bit of deejaying too, so I can see why some people get it confused. We spell our names totally different.”