Memphis rapper and former Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo passed away on New Year’s Day.
Gangsta Boo, whose real name was Lola Chantrell Mitchell, was found dead in a home Sunday afternoon, according to the Memphis Police Department. She was 43 years old.
His cause of death is unknown but according to the Memphis Police Department, there were no signs of foul play.
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Officers responded just before 2:20 p.m. Police said they “called a man” to a house on Raines Road in the Whitehaven neighborhood on Sunday and found Mitchell dead.
Police said Monday afternoon that the investigation into the death was ongoing.
DJ Paul, founder of famed Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia, posted a photo of Gangsta Boo to his Instagram profile on Sunday afternoon in an apparent tribute.
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Those close to Gangsta Boo affectionately call her the “Queen of Memphis” after a music career spanning more than 20 years.
Gangsta Boos’ mother, Veronica Mitchell, called her daughter’s death “untimely” in a statement and requested privacy for her and her family. The mother’s full statement is below:
“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.
Gangsta Boo’s originator, Echo Hatix of Echoing Soundz, called the Memphis-born artist a “pioneer of female rap”.
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Gangsta Boo rose to fame as the second female rapper of Three 6 Mafia, who featured her on their hit song “Tear Da Club Up ’97”. He reportedly left the group in the early 2000s.
In 1998, she released her debut solo album, Inquiring Minds, which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and spawned the hit single “Where Dem Dolls At?”
In his career, Gangsta Boo worked with many popular artists, including Eminem, OutKast, Gucci Mane, Run the Jewels, and fellow Memphis rapper Glorilla.
His publicist also said in a statement that the rapper had signed to Memphis producer Drumma Boy’s album “Welcome to My City, Volume 4”.
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Drumma Boy called Gangsta Boo “a sister” in a statement.
“We are both Leos and share the same energy of unity and seeing people happy!” said the drum boy. “It’s just such a devastating loss because she always wanted to see others win! RIP to the Queen of Memphis.”
Memphis’ Grammy-winning producer Boo Mitchell recalled that Gangsta Boo played his part in “Tear Da Club Up ’97” early in his career.
“Gangsta Boo was always the happiest, happiest person ever,” said Boo Mitchell. “Never mind, he never changed.”