February 3, 2023

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Gangsta Boo, rapper in Three 6 Mafia, dies aged 43

Gangsta Boo, a former member of Memphis hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia and a pioneer of female Southern rap music, has died today (January 1), DJ Paul, WREG Memphis and Fox 13 have confirmed. She was 43 years old.

She was born Lola Mitchell on August 7, 1979 in Memphis, Tennessee and began writing poetry at an early age. She often gave her poetry to her father, who in turn decided to give her a keyboard and a karaoke machine. When she was in junior high, Mitchell caught the attention of her then-classmate DJ Paul when he was 14 and rapping in a talent show. “He wanted me to get on his mixtape, so I got on his mixtape and became very popular,” she told Passion of the Weiss in 2012. People kept asking me.”

Mitchell adopted the nickname Gangsta Boo and set about rapping in Three 6 Mafia. She was just 15 when she recorded her verses for her debut studio album Mystic Stylez, released in 1995. The LP quickly established itself as a game-changer for both the Southern rap scene and hip-hop in general, thanks largely to defining Three 6 Mafia’s horror-core sound. Describing Mystic Stylez for Pitchfork’s 150 Greatest Albums of the 1990s list, Alphonse Pierre wrote, “Overall their song feels like they’re all vying to rap the most shocking beat, and the nightmarish tone is offset by colorful and… emphasizes hyperspecific references to Satan, coffins and soul-stealing.”

As Three 6 Mafia expanded their sound and reach, they continued to produce studio albums—1996’s Chapter 1 The End, 1997’s Chapter 2: World Domination, 1999’s Tear Da Club Up Thugs, and 2000’s When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1″. – with Gangsta Boo taking every opportunity to up their game. Her flow was best defined by his aggressive, fast delivery and her ability to incorporate both a charismatic and musical tone into her cadence.

Gangsta Boo continued to develop her voice as a solo artist. When she released her debut solo album Inquiring Minds in 1998, she found an all-time hit in her single “Where Dem Dollas At?” starring Juicy J and DJ Paul, in which she nonchalantly jacked off over piles of piles at just 19 years old. After Three 6 Mafia released their soundtrack Choices: The Album in 2001, Gangsta Boo parted ways with the group to pursue her solo career. That same year, she released her second LP, Both Worlds *69, which peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart. She followed up with the 2003 album Inquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera, which served as a follow-up to her debut.