Gangsta Boo, a rapper and former member of the hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, died Sunday, Fox 13 Memphis and WREG Memphis report. He was 43 years old.
According to Fox 13, Boo — whose birth name was Lola Mitchell — was found dead around 4 p.m. Sunday. WREG reports that Boo’s death has been confirmed by a representative. His cause of death has not been disclosed.
A product of the Dirty South school of hip-hop in the 1990s, Boo’s sharp raps and open sexuality made him an energetic Memphis rival to Philadelphia rapper Eve, Brooklyn’s Lil’ Kim and Miami’s Trina.
Like those female rappers, Boo got her start with a prominent regional crew — founded by Three 6 Mafia, DJ Paul, Juicy J and Lord Infamous — with whom she recorded several studio albums until her departure in 2002. But, he had a distinguished solo career with 1998’s “Inquiring Minds” and its signature single, “Where Dem Dolls At,” Boo Eminem, Gucci Mane, Run The Jewels, Outkast, Lil Wayne, Blood Orange, Lato and more. Has guested on tracks with many.
Born on August 7, 1979 in the Whitehaven neighborhood of Memphis, Tenn., Boo began rapping as a teenager. When 36 Mafia formed in 1991, they enlisted Boo early on, recording the group’s 1995 debut album, “Mystic Stylez”, as one of its featured rappers.
“Being in 36 Mafia gave me a lot of confidence,” Gangsta Boo told Vibe in 2016. “I’m starting to notice that I’m not only hot, I’m also talented… but you’d be surprised how many motherfuckers didn’t know I was in Three 6 Mafia.
Although Gangsta Boo Three remained part of 6Mafia on 2001’s “Choices: The Album,” he left the hip-hop unit in 2002 to pursue his solo career full-time — thanks to the platinum success of T6M’s ” Best Known for “A Few Years Shy Unknown” album, and won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Original Song with “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” from the film “Hustle and Flow.”
In addition to recording solo albums such as “Both Worlds *69” (2001), “Inquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera” (2003) and mixtapes such as “The Memphis Queen Is Back” (2007) and “It’s Game Involved” (2013). and “Candy, Diamonds and Pills” (2016), Boo made his mark by lending his tart rap and tan flow to other artists. Before he left Three 6 Mafia, Gangsta Boo recorded on Foxy Brown’s 1999 “China Doll” album and 2000’s “Stankonia” from Outkast. After 2002, Gangsta Boo Lil Jon’s “Crunk Juice” (2004), Yellowwolf’s “Radioactive” album “Throw It Up” (2011) duet with Eminem, Jeezy/TI/Lil Wayne trio album “Prime Time Players” (2013 ) and Jewels’ song “Walking in the Snow” from “RTJ4” (2020).
In 2022, Boo appeared on WEtv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: The Hip Hop Edition” with her boyfriend Emmett Flores. In December, he and GloRilla teamed up with Latto for the track “Fuck the Club Up” (also known as “FTCU”), the video for which was released just two weeks ago.
Members of the rap community took to social media to pay tribute to Boo, including DJ Paul, who posted a photo of him DJing with no caption. In response to that post, fellow rappers such as 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $Gon, Ludacris, Outkast’s Big Boi, Cypress Hill’s B-Real, and Lil Jon paid their own tributes on Paul’s Instagram.
Juicy J posted a photo of herself with Bo, captioning the photo with a broken heart emoji.