Timbuck2 Credit: Toby Canham

In December 2015 world-class DJ and WGCI on-air personality Timothy Jones, better known as DJ Timbuck2, died from stage-four renal cancer at the age of 34, leaving the Chicago hip-hop community bereft. Jones had been involved in the scene since before he could legally enter most clubs; in the early 90s, he apprenticed with Common’s right-hand DJ, Twilite Tone, who was friends with his older sister. Jones went on to spin at popular clubs such as Dragon Room and Slick’s Lounge in the early 2000s, joined WGCI and the elite DJ crew Heavy Hitters in the mid-aughts, and went on to tour as a DJ for Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco. As his fame grew he constantly gave back to the community that had given him so much, using his GCI program GoILL Radio to spread the gospel of new artists whose music had never been played on commercial radio; that list includes Cool Kids, King Louie, Rockie Fresh, Jeremih, Vic Mensa, and Chance the Rapper. Roughly a week and a half after Jones died, his family and friends banded together for a tribute at Metro called Timbuck2 Forever, a bigger version of his weekly DJ night, Timbuck2uesdays, which has continued at Beauty Bar in his honor. The location has changed for the third annual Timbuck2 Forever, but everything else is more or less the same. The event is a fund-raiser for the Timothy Francis Jones Foundation, which was launched to educate men of color about health care and how to seek help with cancer treatment. In just a couple years, the foundation has built partnerships with the UIC Cancer Research Center and Rush Cancer Research Center. As with each previous year, the lineup won’t be revealed until roughly 24 hours before the doors open, but the first two years featured unannounced appearances by De La Soul, Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, Twista, Juice, and so many other names the list could fill up another show preview. Many of these folks are ordinarily headliners, but refrain from promoting the event as a show of their own, because they’re in the house for the same reason everyone else is—to honor Timbuck2.   v