Los Angeles (US), Jan 3 (AP) Gangsta Boo, a Southern rapper who was a former member of hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, has died. She was 43 years old.
Lola “Gangsta Boo” Mitchell was found dead Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee, her hometown. The cause of death has not been disclosed.
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“The Mitchell family would like to thank everyone for their condolences regarding the untimely death of Lola ‘Gangsta Boo’ Mitchell,” the rapper’s mother Veronica Mitchell and her family said in a statement released Monday.
“The family asks for your continued prayers and privacy as we process the loss of our loved one.”
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The rapper launched her career at 14 when she was noticed by Three 6 Mafia founding member DJ Paul. At age 15, she joined the rap collective, which included notable members DJ Paul, Juicy J, Crunchy Black and Lord Infamous.
Gangsta Boo gained instant notoriety with his fast, fast rapping flow on Three 6 Mafia’s 1995 debut album, “Mystic Stylez,” which became a cult classic. She appeared on five other albums by the band, including “Chapter 2: World Domination” and the platinum-selling “When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1.”
In 1998, she diversified with her first solo album “Enquiring Minds”. The album was highlighted by “Where Dem Dollas At”, featuring Juicy J and DJ Paul.
After Three 6 Mafia released “Choices: The Album” in 2001, she left the group to focus on her solo career. She released her second album, “Both Worlds (asterisk)69”, which peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her third album, “Inquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera”, was released in 2003.
During her career, Gangsta Boo has collaborated with popular artists such as OutKast, Eminem, Gucci Mane, Lil Jon, E-40, and T.I. This year, she appeared on Latto’s “FTCU” which also featured GloRilla.
Last month, Gangsta Boo said she was set to release her fourth studio album “The BooPrint” this year. Last week, she filmed a never-before-seen video, “Imma Mack,” with producer Drumma Boy.
“Gangsta Boo was like a sister to me and told the world about me like my blood brother did,” Drumma Boy said in a statement. “We are both Leos and share the same energy for unity and seeing people happy! This is such a devastating loss that she always wanted to see others win! RIP to the Queen of Memphis, forever my sister.(PA)
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