Memphis rapper and former Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo died on New Year’s Day.
Gangsta Boo, whose real name was Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, was found dead Sunday afternoon at a home, according to the Memphis Police Department. She was 43.
The cause of her death is unknown but according to the Memphis Police Department, there were no signs of foul play.
Gangsta Boo’s publicist, Echo Hattix of Echoing Soundz, called the Memphis-born artist “a pioneer of female rap.”
Gangsta Boo rose to fame as the second female rapper of Three 6 Mafia, which featured her on their hit song “Tear da Club Up ‘97.″ She reportedly left the group in the early 2000s. In 1998, she released her debut solo album, Enquiring Minds, which reached No. 15 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and featured the hit single “Where Dem Dollas At?!”
In her career, Gangsta Boo worked with several popular artists, including Eminem, OutKast, Gucci Mane, Run the Jewels and fellow Memphis rapper in GloRilla. An outpouring of tributes by celebrities and hip-hop stars flooded social media hours after rapper and former Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo died Sunday in her hometown of Memphis.
1Artist and Producer, Missy Elliott paid tribute on to Gangsta Boo in her Twitter feed
Rest Peacefully @GangstaBooQOM 💔😢 pic.twitter.com/iWXVpzDYMM— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 1, 2023
2DJ Paul, a founder of Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia shared an image of his Twitter feed
January 1, 2023
3Rapper Juicy J, a founding member of Three 6 Mafia, posted a picture of Gangsta Boo with a broken heart emoji:
January 2, 2023
4Hip Hop artist Gorilla posted a recent image of Gangsta Boo on her Instagram page.
5Comedian DJ Real Smoove paid homage in humor on his Twitter feed.
Twitter : “ R.I.P Gangsta Boo she was found deceased on the porch ”— DJ Real Smoove (@djrealsmoove) January 1, 2023
Black Twitter : pic.twitter.com/FxpMrpVETy