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    Remembering pioneering rapper Gangsta Boo, useless at 43 : NPR

    The rapper referred to as Gangsta Boo died this week at age 43. Born Lola Mitchell, she was referred to as one of many South’s premier crunk emcees and she or he received her begin within the group Three 6 Mafia.

    JUANA SUMMERS, HOST:

    The pioneering Memphis rapper, Gangsta Boo, has died at 43. Born Lola Mitchell, she was referred to as one of many South’s premier crunk MCs, and she or he received her begin within the group Three 6 Mafia.

    (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “TEAR DA CLUB UP ’97”)

    THREE 6 MAFIA: (Rapping) I do not like that violence stuff. However I imagine in getting buck. In case you with me, let me see you tear the, tear the membership up. Mafia, mafi-mafia…

    SUMMERS: She left the group within the early 2000s, however she by no means stopped working and was even planning to launch a brand new album this 12 months known as “The BooPrint.”

    Music author Kiana Fitzgerald has been reflecting on Gangsta Boo’s legacy. Hey there, Kiana.

    KIANA FITZGERALD: Hey, Juana. Thanks for having me.

    SUMMERS: Yeah. Thanks for being right here. So not solely was she the one feminine member of Three 6 Mafia, she was simply 15 years outdated when the group dropped its debut album. Are you able to simply inform us just a little bit extra about Gangsta Boo’s early days?

    FITZGERALD: Completely. So she landed proper within the heart of issues when Three 6 Mafia launched “Mystic Stylez” in 1995, and she or he made her presence identified instantly. Her voice penetrated each observe that she appeared on. You might inform that she cherished music with all the pieces in her. So she knew her influence, I feel, up till the day that she handed away. However she nonetheless had a lot extra to present.

    SUMMERS: Yeah. And Gangsta Boo dropped her first solo album, “Enquiring Minds,” in 1998.

    (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “DON’T STAND SO CLOSE”)

    GANGSTA BOO: (Rapping) Act scared, you performed heard in regards to the woman from the six. What you do know will not harm you in the long term. What you do know that I preserve them using just like the solar.

    SUMMERS: She’d stated that she did not need to simply be identified for Three 6 Mafia and her work within the group; that she was her personal artist. How did her sound evolve from her early days all through her solo profession?

    FITZGERALD: You may inform that she gained confidence with each observe that she appeared on. She was very a lot somebody that didn’t adhere to any boundaries, whether or not that be, , a monetary factor, like “The place Dem Dollas At,” which was her breakout single…

    (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WHERE DEM DOLLAS AT”)

    GANGSTA BOO: (Rapping) I assume you’ll be able to say I am sort of loopy in my very own methods. Neglect being broke for days. Girls received to receives a commission. The place the {dollars} at? The place the {dollars} at?

    FITZGERALD: …Or, , one other music known as “Love Do not Reside (U Deserted Me),” which talks about relationship points.

    (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “LOVE DON’T LIVE (U ABANDONED ME)”)

    GANGSTA BOO: (Rapping) I am a woman who be preserving it actual. You do not care. Take trip, see how I really feel after I be using…

    FITZGERALD: She actually simply dove headfirst into each subject conceivable.

    SUMMERS: And , Kiana, the factor that basically strikes me about Gangsta Boo is that she’s somebody who not solely by no means actually stopped working up till her demise, however who additionally was extending these generational bridges to this complete new era of artists.

    FITZGERALD: Undoubtedly. That was one in all my favourite issues about Gangsta Boo. There are artists like Texas rapper Amber London and likewise Blood Orange, who was very well-known for his very avant garde fashion. And he has a music known as “Gold Enamel” with Venture Pat, Gangsta Boo and Tinashe.

    (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “GOLD TEETH”)

    BLOOD ORANGE: (Rapping) That is what you ain’t. I do not be smoking the dank. Feeling so excessive on the financial institution. Sweet the paint. Was once matching the fuel. Was once getting me money. Feeling proper – really feel all proper.

    SUMMERS: In a current interview, Gangsta Boo had known as herself a blueprint for the rappers who got here after her – men and women. And she or he stated she heard her cadence of their supply. So if you look throughout the music panorama, the place do you hear Gangsta Boo? The place does her legacy lie right this moment?

    FITZGERALD: So after I hear hip-hop right this moment, I hear Three 6 Mafia throughout all the pieces. And Gangsta Boo could be very a lot part of that.

    (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “FTCU”)

    LATTO: (Rapping) Tear the membership up. Tear the membership up – GloRilla. I’d go off in your s***, you making an attempt to mug us.

    FITZGERALD: Gangsta Boo is – her affect is immeasurable. She did a lot for Memphis particularly however for the South at giant. She had rapid-fire flows the place she would enunciate very pointedly to let precisely what she was considering. She’s somebody who pushed forth crunk music, pushed forth corecore, which is a subgenre of hip-hop. She did one thing that not many MCs, interval, would do, not to mention ladies. And I feel that that speaks so much to her affect. However actually what I hear essentially the most is simply the brutal honesty and being proud to be somebody who’s from the South, is from Memphis – somebody who’s only a very, very integral a part of rap as we all know it.

    SUMMERS: That is music author Kiana Fitzgerald, remembering the Memphis MC Gangsta Boo, who died Sunday at 43 years outdated. Kiana, thanks.

    FITZGERALD: Thanks a lot.

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