An ode to Ease Da Man by Gitoo
If you’ve ever walked down the street in downtown New York City at 3am on a Friday night, then you probably heard somebody screaming “I’m Ease Da Man, bitch! Now suck my dick.” Unfortunately, we’ll never be hearing that again. Though the details have yet to come to light, it has been confirmed that NYC legend Ditto “Ease DaMan” Castillo is no longer with us. As I woke up this morning to discover the truth, the sky unleashed a barrage of snow like cocaine tears for a fallen hero. My Twitter and Facebook timelines were flooded with his friends and fans sharing their craziest and most memorable Ease Da Man stories.
If your not familiar with Ease, then you’ve probably never taken an opiate, never smoked a cigaerette on the L train, or ever had a truly great fucking time in NYC. Because Ease was all of those experiences in the shape of a man.
I first met Ease Da Man in front of Sway night club and he asked me for my Twitter name because he wanted to follow me. I was shocked, because I’m usually the one making such a request, but he laughed and told me, “I like to follow more people than are following me.” It told me that this was a man who gives the middle finger to all the losers who actually care about their Twitter numbers and believe that’s what makes them cool. He lived by the code of “Ease Da Man would rather listen to the voices in his head than take any of your advice,” and with that mindset, Ease was able to live life without judgments, inhibitions, or fucks given.
Born and raised In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Ease spent his days and nights working with the coolest downtown streetwear brands like Mishka NYC and Boundless, as well as going on to create his own sunglasses and hat accessory line, which killed it in the game. And how can we forget his off the wall rap career, the YouTube videos of him spitting bars in an Elmo costume, or getting high in teddy bear sneakers? He was one of the most unique and true individuals to ever exist in this fake-ass world. He’ll truly be missed by many. To quote him Ease, “A lot of people don’t understand me, but I understand a lot of people, so I label myself a genius.” Truer words were never spoken. Rest in Peace, brother.
A few Tweets in memory of Ease Da Man.
Damn, RIP Ease Da Man
— DJ Sideboob (@atrak) December 10, 2013
Damn RIP @Ease_DaMan ! Life to short for a special dude tryna find his way ! He off to a better dimension now