Artifacts rapper Tame One has died at the age of 52, fellow Hip-Hop artists revealed. His cause of death is not known.
On Sunday evening, fellow New Jersey Hip-Hop icon Rah Digga shared a message on social media remembering Tame. He was the first cousin of rapper Redman.
“I usually don’t race to the internet to post news like this when I’m in the middle of feeling it…but we gonna give this Jersey legend his muthafuckin flowers!! Hold your head @el_da_sensei,” wrote Rah Digga as a caption to a photo of Tame. “#RIPTameOne #Artifacts #LegendsNeverDie #BrickCity #JerseyShit #YouHadToBeOutside.”
Tame One was one of the hip-hop artists who helped make the 1990s into the “golden era” of the genre. Tame One, who was a native of Newark, New Jersey, was part of two duos, Artifacts and Leak Bros. He went from freestyles on the Stretch & Bobbito radio show to scoring a hit with “Wrong Side Of The Tracks,” released on Big Beat/Atlantic Records.
As a solo artist, Tame partnered with High Times Records and later, DJ Mighty Mi’s Eastern Conference Records for releases in the 2000s.
He later teamed with Del The Funky Homosapien and Parallel Thought for 2009’s Parallel Uni-Verses. Tame also joined El-P, Aesop Rock, Cage, Vast Aire, Copywrite, Breeze Brewin, Yak Ballz, and others in The Weathermen.