Joe C.

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Joe C.
Birth nameJoseph Calleja
Born(1974-11-09)November 9, 1974
OriginTaylor, Michigan, U.S.
DiedNovember 16, 2000(2000-11-16) (aged 26)
GenresHip hop, rap rock
OccupationsRapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1995–2000
Associated actsKid Rock
 
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Joe C.
Birth nameJoseph Calleja
Born(1974-11-09)November 9, 1974
OriginTaylor, Michigan, U.S.
DiedNovember 16, 2000(2000-11-16) (aged 26)
GenresHip hop, rap rock
OccupationsRapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1995–2000
Associated actsKid Rock

Joseph "Joe C." Calleja[1] (November 9, 1974 – November 16, 2000) was an American rapper and musician. His popularity and fame were based on his relationship as hype man and comic relief for fellow rapper Kid Rock.[1]

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Condition

Calleja was born in Taylor, Michigan. He had coeliac disease,[2] an autoimmune disease that may cause stunting and dwarfism and some complications in rare cases. Because of this, he had a maximum height of 3 ft 9 in (1.1 m) at adult age. His dwarfism resulted in multiple medical problems. In 2000, he said in an interview with John Norris from MTV that he had to take 60 pills daily and required constant medical treatment.[2]

Career

Calleja first met fellow Michigan musician Kid Rock at a concert by the latter in Roseville, Michigan in 1994. Joe C. was first featured on the demo "Cool Daddy Cool" in 1995.

He appeared on television, including a guest role with Kid Rock on the animated series The Simpsons. Joe C. was a World Wrestling Federation fan and made various references to the WWF stable D-Generation X during concerts. He appeared on the May 18, 2000 edition of WWF Smackdown during a taping in Detroit to drink beer with The Acolytes, and on the May 29 edition of Raw is War, helping Too Cool win their only WWF Tag Team Championship in 2000 from Edge and Christian. Among his friends were wrestlers Rob Van Dam and Sabu.

Calleja became good friends with Justin Jardine and Jonathan Cohen by appearing on several Harlequin Kid and Think Fast! records.

Death

In November 1999, Calleja was forced to leave the tours with Kid Rock, only appearing in a few programs from this issue. On November 16, 2000, one week after his 26th birthday, Calleja died while he was sleeping at home, his parents' house in Taylor, Michigan.[1] A solo album was lined up before his death.[2]

Discography

Demos

Notes

  1. ^ a b c "Kid Rock cohort Joe C. dies". CNN, 20 November 2000.
  2. ^ a b c MTV News Staff. "Kid Rock sidekick Joe C. dies." MTV News, 20 November 2000. accessed February 18, 2008.

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