Rapper Gangsta Boo, whose real name was Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, was found dead on Sunday afternoon, at the age of 43.
According to sources, the rapper was with her brother at a concert the night before and he required hospitalization due to an overdose.
Gangsta Boo made a name for herself in the world of hip-hop during the 1990s when she became the second female member of Three 6 Mafia. The first five albums of the group featured her, including, Mystic Stylez, Chapter 1, When The Smoke Clears, and Choices.
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She also made a name for herself as a solo artist. Her first solo album, Enquiring Minds, released in 1998 reached number fifteen on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 46 on the Billboard 200.
Gangsta Boo’s last Instagram post
Gangsta Boo had posted a video to Instagram just hours before her death. She captioned it, “Some of the things that I did in 2022! So fun and productive, climbed out my shell alot!! 2023 go be 23’n!”
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In a 2012 interview with Passion Weiss, Gangsta Boo elaborated on how she wanted to be remembered.
She said, “I just want people to know that I’m a really hard worker. I’m human just like everybody else. I write all my own music. I’ve helped other people come up with concepts. I’ve helped put a lot of people on. I just want to be respected. When it’s all said and done, I want to be remembered as Gangsta Boo from 3-6 Mafia.”
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“The first lady of 3-6 Mafia. The first lady of crunk music. The first lady who brought a platinum plaque back to Memphis,” she continued. “The first lady who brought a gold plaque back to Memphis. I’m the only female rapper in Tennessee that has ever did that and probably I will be the only one that ever will.
She concluded: “I just want to be known as someone that put her heart into her music and who really really appreciated her fans. Because if it wasn’t for my fans, like I said, I definitely would not still be doing this. My fans are my motivation. I love my fans.”