Gangsta Boo, who’s real name was Lola Mitchell, was found dead in her home in Memphis.
Gangsta Boo, the pioneering Memphis rapper who came into the scene in the mid-’90s as one of the standout members of Three 6 Mafia, has died according to TMZ.
She was only 43.
DJ Paul from Three 6 Mafia seemingly confirmed the news on his Instagram, posting a photo of her. (There were comments from contemporaries like 2 Chainz and Lil Jon, who wrote that he was just with her a couple of weeks ago.
According to Fox 13 Memphis, Boo, who’s real name was Lola Mitchell was found dead in her home on Sunday, January 1st, at approximately 4 p.m. Details around her death are still unknown, but in newly aired interview with WREG Memphis, loved ones said the Mitchell didn’t die “as a result of foul play.”
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“She loved what she wanted to do, she had so many plans, so many dreams about what she wanted to do for 2023. I mean she told me about ’em 3 days ago,” Mitchell’s close friend Delmar Lawrence told the outlet, also mentioning that the rapper had become depressed prior to her death.
“She lost her father and that was a very big blow for her,” Lawrence continued. “She was a daddy’s girl and it was many nights I prayed with her and just talked her through her grief. So I’m glad to know she’s at peace.”
He added, “The world only knew her gift. They didn’t know her heart, and she had the biggest heart and loved very hard, and her friends and family who know her they know that…”
FULL STORY: New details are emerging about the death of Gangsta Boo. Loved ones tell WREG that the rapper did not die as a result of foul play. Despite this unexpected loss, they plan to keep her memory alive. pic.twitter.com/V8GaNbPCLl
— Jordan James WREG (@JordanJamesTV) January 2, 2023
Gangsta Boo was the second female rapper to be associated with Three 6 Mafia after Kay-9. She made her first appearance on the Mystic Stylez title track; at the time she recorded her voice she was only 15. From there her profile with the group would only grow, appearing on each Three 6 Mafia album in the ’90s. She would release her debut, Enquiring Minds, in 1998. Three years later she dropped Both Worlds *69, which would be her last album under the Hypnotize Minds/Loud Records label. She would leave the group over issues with money and the direction the group was headed. Around this time, Boo embraced Christianity, leaving her explicit style behind, changing her name to Lady Boo.
At the time she spoke to MTV about her transformation, saying:
“[God] came to me… Half of my family is saved, and I didn’t even realize that. He just always had a calling on me and I was kinda running from it. I was in and out of depression, and nobody was really around to take me away from that, so I would always end up praying to Him. I guess the stronger my prayer got, the more He was pulling on me.”
In the early 2010s, Gangsta Boo would have a resurgence, using her original name. She put out countless projects — including a mixtape with fellow rap legend La Chat — and would appear on a number of features. Over the years she has done songs with Blood Orange, Run The Jewels, Junglepussy, and more.
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 2, 2023
Rest In Peace Gangsta Boo
The first lady of Three 6 Mafia. An incredible artist who could ride a beat like no other & transcended generations in a fickle business. Her solo debut 'Enquiring Minds' remains one of the best of the Hypnotize Minds canon. Peace & love to her family. pic.twitter.com/f83HNnWYdj
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) January 1, 2023
rest in peace to queen Gangsta Boo
— on tour with tape. (@Mike_Eagle) January 1, 2023
RIP Gangsta Boo. The first lady of Southern rap, a pioneer w/ mesmerizing get money bounce, and a ubiquitous influence since she kicked Satanic verses at 15 on "Mystic Stylez." Boo defined Memphis rap as much as anyone in Three 6, and never spit a bad verse.
Gone far too soon. pic.twitter.com/N8cOhAQ03Z
— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) January 1, 2023
RIP Gangsta Boo pic.twitter.com/gmroueETAO
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) January 2, 2023
Gangsta Boo was SUCH a beautiful Queen, inside and out. I’m so grateful to have been able to know you and share good times with you. Wow. I grew up on your music and you are a household name the the ghettos of America and loved all across the world!!! You will be missed 🌹 pic.twitter.com/owkY9OxpYF
— Chip Tha Ripper (@kingchip) January 2, 2023
gangsta boo really queen of tha south 🕊
— siifu (@PinkSiifu) January 2, 2023
Gangsta Boo really fucked me up with this….. that was my dawg …. Errrbody go play got ya shakin loud as fuck right quick man… she smashed that shit. Damn homie
— Spitta (@CurrenSy_Spitta) January 2, 2023
As God as my witness Gangsta Boo ALWAYS been in my top 5 female spitters. I can't believe 2023 startin like this. #RIP to a QUEEN 🙏🏿❤️
— Rah Digga (@therealrahdigga) January 1, 2023
Gangsta Boo will forever be a legend and pioneer.
Damn, this is truly heartbreaking. Rest in Peace, Lola 💔 pic.twitter.com/6u0FrfNuOm
— Cristalle.👩🏾🔬 (@PsalmOne) January 1, 2023
Wow not Gangsta Boo!!!
That's my fuckin homie!!!
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) January 1, 2023
Fuck these wee wee holding ass niggas. RIP Gangsta Boo ❤️
— Big 🐰 (@FreddieGibbs) January 2, 2023
This story was updated on Monday, January 2.