Gangsta Boo, a rapper from Memphis who used to be in the group Three 6 Mafia, died on January 1.
Gangsta Boo, whose real name was Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, was found dead at home on Sunday afternoon, according to the Memphis Police Department. She turned 43.
No one knows why she died, but the Memphis Police Department says there were no signs of wrongdoing.
Just before 2:20 p.m. on Sunday, a “person-down call” was made to a home on Raines Road in the Whitehaven neighborhood. When police arrived, they found Mitchell dead.
Police said Monday afternoon that they are still looking into the death.
DJ Paul, one of the founders of the famous Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia, put a picture of Gangsta Boo on his Instagram account on Sunday afternoon as a tribute.
— DJ PAUL THREE6MAFIA (@DJPAULKOM) January 1, 2023
People who knew Gangsta Boo well called her “the Queen of Memphis” because she had been making music for more than 20 years.
Gangsta Boos’s mother, Veronica Mitchell, said in a statement that her daughter’s death was “untimely,” and she asked for her and her family to be left alone. Here is the full statement from the mother:
“The Mitchell family would like to thank everyone for their condolences regarding the untimely death of Lola ‘Gangsta Boo’ Mitchell. The family is asking for your continued prayers and privacy as we process the loss of our loved one.”
Echo Hattix of Echoing Soundz, who is Gangsta Boo’s publicist, said that the Memphis-born artist was “a pioneer of female rap.”
Gangsta Boo became famous as the second female rapper in the group Three 6 Mafia. Their hit song “Tear da Club Up ’97” featured her. She is said to have left the group at the beginning of the 2000s.
In 1998, she put out her first solo album, Enquiring Minds. It reached No. 15 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and had the hit single “Where Dem Dollas At?!”
Gangsta Boo has worked with many well-known artists, such as Eminem, OutKast, Gucci Mane, Run the Jewels, and GloRilla, who is also from Memphis.
In a statement, her publicist also said that the rapper filmed an unreleased video called “Imma Mack” for the album “Welcome to My City, Vol. 4” by Memphis producer Drumma Boy.
Drumma Boy said that Gangsta Boo was “like a sister” in a statement.
“We are both Leos and have the same drive to bring people together and make them happy!” Drumma Boy said. “This is such a terrible loss because she always wanted other people to win. The Queen of Memphis has died.
Boo Mitchell, a producer from Memphis who has won a Grammy, remembered seeing Gangsta Boo do her part in “Tear da Club Up ’97” when she was just starting out.
Boo Mitchell said that Gangsta Boo was always the happiest and most joyful person. “No matter what happened, she stayed the same.”
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