UPDATE 8:42PM: One source tells us DTTX is currently in a coma and “expected to pass away anytime.”
Another source tells me DTTX is on life-support and his mother is en-route to “say goodbye” and “pull the switch” at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas.
UPDATE 9:50PM: Numerous sources (close friends of DTTX) tells Magic 92.5 that DTTX was admitted to the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas on July 7th, after being found on the ground and unresponsive, with a temperature of 107 degrees. He was labeled a “John Doe,” as the hospital was not able to identify him until only today, July 13th. From July 7th until July 13th his name was unknown.
UPDATE 10:53PM: This instagram post was published by ODM, the other half of A Lighter Shade of Brown.
LSOB was formed in 1990 by One Dope Mexican (Robert Gutierrez) and Don’t Try To Xerox (Bobby Ramirez). They recorded demos and landed a record deal soon after with small independent label Pump. Their debut album, 1990’s “Brown and Proud,” brought the group their lone Top 40 single in the U.S. with “On A Sunday Afternoon,” which contained samples of The Young Rascals‘ 1967 hit “Groovin’ ” and Tommy James and the Shondells‘ 1969 hit “Crystal Blue Persuasion” and peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also went to #1 for 2 weeks in New Zealand.
The duo provided songs for Latino-market movies such as Mi Vida Loca and I Like It Like That following the release of their second LP, 1992’s ‘”Hip Hop Locos,” which failed to chart. The success of “Sunday Afternoon” nonetheless resulted in Mercury Records signing the group and releasing their third disc, Layin’ in the Cut, in 1994. The record did not sell as well as was hoped, peaking at #184 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. LSOB went on a temporary hiatus, returning in 1997 on indie with Danny “Dice” and Eric “Bajo” Thump Records. Their self-titled fourth album featured guest appearances from Rappin’ 4-Tay and Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!.
1999 marked the last of their releases, including a greatest hits album and a non-charting single, “Sunny Day.” That year, Gutierrez became a DJ at San Bernardino radio station KGGI and Bobby carried on touring as LSOB and working on new music. A decade later on October 18 2011 the album “It’s A Wrap” was released through Illuminated Entertainment Group. The album was produced by Playalitical and Ramirez is the only one out of the group that raps on it as sort of a one man Lighter Shade of Brown. The album’s radio single “Call Me Over” was produced by Fingazz and featured Playalitical and Zig Zag of the NB Ridaz. A music video was also filmed and released for the song. 
“Man, when we were first looking for a record deal about five years ago, people didn’t give a damn about Mexican rappers. It was like we had a disease or something,” says Bobby Ramirez, whose group A Lighter Shade of Brown has a big Southern California hit single in “Homies.”
At the end of the ’80s, though, Kid Frost and Mellow Man Ace spearheaded a surge in Latino rap, culminating in the emergence last year of Cypress Hill and A Lighter Shade of Brown. To Ramirez, though, Latino rap still hasn’t arrived.
“Most of the labels still haven’t gotten the message about the Latino market,” explains Ramirez, whose partner in LSOB is Robert Gutierrez. “They don’t know the market–don’t realize how big it is and how much the kids buy rap and hip-hop records.”
But Quality Records got the message, signing LSOB in 1990. The group’s first album, “Brown & Proud,” sold more than 250,000 copies that year, mostly within the Latino community. But the current album, “Hip Hop Locos,” should easily top that, spurred by the success of “Homies,” a huge local hit that’s just starting to make an impact nationally.
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