Gangsta Boo: Three 6 Mafia member and southern rap trailblazer dies aged 43

Gangsta Boo, a former member of Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia, has died aged 43, her bandmate DJ Paul has confirmed. No reason for demise was shared.

The rapper, born Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, joined the group in 1995, upon which it modified its title from Triple Six Mafia to Three 6 Mafia. That 12 months she appeared on their debut album, Mystic Stylez, which grew to become a cult traditional, a landmark southern hip-hop document and – with lyrics delving into gore and the occult – a defining instance of the horrorcore style.

The album “led the way in which for a complete subset of Memphis rap and would affect artists for many years to come back”, wrote Complex critic Justin Ivey on the twentieth anniversary of its launch. The journal described Gangsta Boo’s supply as “commanding, taking management of any monitor when she arrives”.

It started a wave of mainstream success for the group. In 1996, they launched Chapter 1: The End, and would signal to Sony to launch Chapter 2: World Domination a 12 months later, which was licensed gold with gross sales of greater than 800,000 within the US.

The group’s personal label, Hypnotize Minds, launched Gangsta Boo’s debut solo album, Enquiring Minds, in 1998, which reached No 15 on the US Prime R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart and produced the enduring hit The place Dem Dollas At.

Gangsta Boo: The place Dem Dollas At – video

Musicians together with Missy Elliott, Questlove, GloRilla, Ty Dolla $ign, Flo Milli and Clipping paid tribute to Gangsta Boo. “i don’t have the phrases but,” wrote Run the Jewels rapper El-P on Instagram. “I simply know we misplaced part of our household at this time. we love you, Lola. thanks my pal. our sister perpetually.”

Gangsta Boo was born in Memphis on 7 August 1979 and began rapping as an adolescent, having written poetry from a younger age. “I’m from a middle-class household that sort of moved to the hood after my mother and father divorced, so I had one of the best of each worlds,” she told i-D magazine in 2014. “It’s simply Memphis. It’s ratchet.”

She caught the eye of her classmate DJ Paul when rapping in a expertise present on the age of 14. “He needed me to get on his mixtape, so I received on his mixtape and I grew to become actually standard,” she instructed Passion of the Weiss in 2012. “I used to be being requested to be on extra of the Three 6 Mafia songs and I sort of simply received within the group like that. Folks saved requesting me.” She was 15 years previous when she recorded her verses for Mystic Stylez.

Now thought of a feminine rap pioneer, Gangsta Boo instructed i-D that she was made conscious each day of how ladies had been handled in another way in hip-hop. “Males are extra chauvinistic than they even know, actually. I’ve needed to undergo sure issues the place I’ve needed to push a titty up or two to get issues accomplished, whereas a person doesn’t. He can simply scratch his balls and shake fingers with a CEO to get his deal signed.”

Three 6 Mafia: Tear Da Membership Up – video

Regardless of being remoted in her discipline, she declined the music trade recreation of pitting ladies rappers in opposition to each other. “All people is completely different, I don’t view it as a aggressive sport. I’d fairly compete in opposition to these dudes. I don’t actually watch these bitches.”

Three 6 Mafia’s 2000 album, When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1, was licensed Platinum. It might be Gangsta Boo’s ultimate album with the group. She left to deal with her solo profession, however across the launch of her second album, Both Worlds *69, she took a break from the highlight, discovering Christianity to be a aid from issues together with melancholy, habit and feeling as if she was “getting sabotaged inside my very own camp”.

She would launch yet one more solo album, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera, in 2003 – and a collaborative EP, Witch, with fellow Three 6 Mafia rapper La Chat, in 2014.

In 2012, she instructed Ardour of the Weiss that she dreamed of getting out of rap to open a magnificence retailer or work as a music trade government: “I’m simply not going to waste my time and the remainder of my years making an attempt to explode, as they are saying.”

Within the final twenty years, Gangsta Boo collaborated with the likes of Outkast, Lil Jon, TI, E-40, Run the Jewels, Blood Orange, Gucci Mane, Junglepussy, Yelawolf and Latto.

She had plans to launch a brand new undertaking in 2023, she told Billboard in December. “I’ve to confess, respectfully and humbly, that I’m the blueprint. I hear my cadence in a variety of males and feminine rappers,” Gangsta Boo instructed the journal.

“I used to run away from it. I used to didn’t wish to even give myself flowers as a result of I’ve been so low key and humble, however I’m on some fuck that shit. It’s time to assert what’s mine. I’m one of many important bitches.”

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