Gangsta Boo, Pioneering Memphis Rapper, Has Died Aged 43

Memphis Rapper Gangsta Boo Has Died: At the age of 43, Gangsta Boo, a pioneering female rapper who got her start in Three 6 Mafia as a teen, passed away. According to three regional TV stations: Fox 13, WREG-TV, and WMC Action News 5, the hip-hop star (real name Lola Mitchell) was discovered dead on Sunday in Memphis. WMC Action News 5 is a news partner of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, a member of the USA TODAY NETWORK. She died, according to three sources cited by Fox 13; WREG also obtained confirmation from an unidentified rapper agent. Her demise had no known cause.

Delmar Lawrence, popularly known as Mr. Del, a Three 6 Mafia associate, told WMC that Mitchell was visiting friends and relatives while on holiday visitation from LA at the time of her passing. Due to official identification and notifications to Mitchell’s next of kin, Memphis police declined to confirm Mitchell’s demise.

One of the original Three 6 Mafia members, DJ Paul, paid tribute to Mitchell on social media on Sunday with a wordless post of Mitchell operating a turntable mixer. In the comments, celebrities including Lil Jon, Big Boi, 2 Chainz, and Ludacris expressed their sympathies.

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Mitchell’s contribution to Three 6 Mafia’s debut full-length studio album, “Mystic Stylez,” in 1995 marked the beginning of her career as an advocate for Memphis hip-hop. She is also referred to as “the Queen of Memphis” or “Lady Boo.” Before leaving the band after the release of her second solo album, “Both Worlds *69,” in 2001, she collaborated on many albums with Three 6 Mafia. Among her numerous partnerships are guest spots with OutKast, Foxy Brown, Yo Gotti, and Run the Jewels.

Even if Three 6 Mafia is linked to her fame, her solo work was equally successful. “Enquiring Minds,” which she released in 1998 and featured the popular song “Where Dem Dollars At?!”

Memphis Rapper Gangsta Boo Has Died
Memphis Rapper Gangsta Boo Has Died

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Her three solo albums each received praise from R&B critics. Throughout her nearly three decade-long career, a consistent stream of mixtapes and collaborations kept her name in the public eye.

She illuminated those who came after her, such as GloRilla (aka Gloria Woods), the most recent Memphis rapper to capture the attention of the nation with singles like “F.N.F.” as one of the first significant female rappers representing the South.

Mitchell discussed GloRilla and Memphis rapper Gloss Up during an episode of the podcast “Drink Champs” that aired last autumn. Mitchell remarked, “It just made me feel good because they went wack and they represented Memphis right.” Woods tweeted screenshots of what she claimed to be discussions between her and Mitchell on Sunday night. Follow for more updates.

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