REST IN PEACE…
Last week I started a series of articles called HipHop’s Fallen Soldiers in which I paid respects to important HipHop artists who’s deaths may not have gotten the attention they deserved. You can read part one here. This week I will continue with some more MC’s that have made serious contributions to the culture of Hiphop before leaving us too early.
a.k.a PRINCE A.D. (passed away January 2010)
Prince A.D. was a good friend of mine but the truth is SHA was good friends with almost everybody. He was one of those likeable characters in the game who made everyone seem like family. A Queensbridge M.C. to the fullest, He rolled heavy with Tragedy and Marley Marl for years and been rhyming since the 80′s Golden era. Sha was always in the cut, he DJ’d for Mobb Deep, worked frequently with Large Professor and in the 90′s during my Crustified Dibbs days I actually produced some tracks for Sha and his group Killa Kidz – that’s how I first met him. He passed away from diabetes related complications.
Article at The Troy Blog
Passed Away May 15th, 2010
As a kid I used to record his promos off the Rap Attack and keep them in heavy rotation in my tape deck.
Markey was the original Flavor unit MC. With his solid, hardcore style mixed with one of my all time favorite 45 King beats his joint “The Mack of Rap” been an anthem for me for decades. I used to see Markey around a couple parties in the early 90′s and I always showed him love – I even mentioned him 2:32 into my joint “On The Block”. He once told Noah at WFMU that R.A. the Rugged Man was the only mo’fucka out there still giving him props. It’s a Damn Shame. He passed away after suffering a stroke.
Fat Lace’s Article
Unkut’s Interview with Markey Fresh
BUFFY from FAT BOYS
(June 10, 1967 – December 10, 1995)
Darren Robinson a.k.a. Buffy the Human Beatbox is a true pioneer and one of the main artists responsible for popularizing the art of Beatboxing in HipHop. By his mid-teens he was a superstar and world wide sensation selling millions of records all across the globe. Sadly, Buffy ended up dying of a heart attack at 28 years old. At the time of his death his career and popularity had begun to fizzle down and it was shameful how little coverage HipHop magazines and mainstream media gave him. It’s another case of an artist – who if he had passed away a few years earlier, closer to his peak in popularity – he would’ve been remembered by so many more as the iconic HipHop figure he is.. R.I.P Buffy.
Micheal Larsen (November 9, 1981 – October 16, 2010)
I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t up on Eyedea and the whole rhymesayers movement at first. I used to mistakingly associate that whole scene with little white girls in college that don’t listen to ‘Real HipHop’ – but then I got my eyes opened up when I linked with Kevin Beacham, Slug from Atmosphere and the people who run Rhymesayers. I found that it was a label of true HipHop fanatics who respect and love the culture. I didn’t get put on to Eyedea until a short time before he passed though; I was overseas and a reporter asked me what I thought of him and when I said I wasn’t really up on his music the reporter showed me the below clip. I was impressed that Eyedea could freestyle his ass off and it definitely opened me up to his skills. He def held it down. He reportedly died of an accidental drug overdose at his mothers house.
Star Tribune Article
BRANDON MITCHELL a.k.a. B-Doggs from Wrecks-N-Effect
(1971 – August 8th, 1990)
Wrecks-N-Effect was one of the key HipHop groups bringing the New Jack Swing sound to the forefront of music in the late 80s and early 90′s. Their wordplay was simple and fun and their beats thumped, with Brandon’s half-brother/musical genius Teddy Riley on the boards. The Harlem based group made some dope party bangers and also pulled off a Platinum album in the process. They also flipped Mtume’s JUICY FRUIT and named the song JUICY here .. and that was Five years before Biggie and Puff flipped the same sample and used the same song title. While having an argument over a woman Mitchell was shot and killed at age 20.
- (HipHop’s Fallen Soldiers part III – Coming Soon) –