Southern female rapper Gangsta Boo, also known as Lola Mitchell, has died at the age of 43. Her representative confirmed the news to WREG 3 Memphis, and according to Fox 13, she was found dead on Sunday afternoon. The cause of her death has not yet been made public.
Fans and fellow musicians alike have taken to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to the pioneering rapper. DJ Paul, a founder of Three 6 Mafia alongside Juicy J, shared a photo of Mitchell on Instagram, with Lil Jon commenting, "Man we was jus together three weeks ago.
Rest well quenn."
El-P of Run the Jewels also paid tribute to Mitchell, tweeting, "Love you Lola thank you for your friendship."
love you Lola thank you for your friendship ? — el-p (@therealelp) January 1, 2023
Influence on the industry
Gangsta Boo, who was a member of Three 6 Mafia, began her career as a rapper as a teenager.
She was the second female rapper to join the group and appeared on their debut studio album, Mystic Stylez, as well as 2001's Choices: The Album. In the late 1990s, she also began a solo career, releasing her debut album Enquiring Minds in 1998.
The album reached the 46th spot on the Billboard 200 and featured her hit single "Where Dem Dollas At?". Her second album, Both Worlds *69, reached the 29th spot on the charts. Gangsta Boo's third album, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera, was released in 2003.
In addition to her solo albums, Gangsta Boo also released a number of mixtapes, including collaborations with DJ Fletch, Trap-A-Holics, La Chat, and a mixtape with Three 6 Mafia spinoff group Da Mafia 6ix called 6ix Commandments.
Throughout her nearly three-decade career, Gangsta Boo made numerous guest appearances on other artists' singles, showcasing her influence on the industry. In December, she released the single "Fuck the Club Up" with Latta and GloRilla, a play on Three 6 Mafia's "Tear Da Club Up".
She also appeared on Run the Jewels' "Walking in the Snow" from their 2020 album RTJ4. In a recent interview with Billboard, Gangsta Boo spoke about her legacy, saying "I am the blueprint and I wear that badge proudly as f*ck." Gangsta Boo was a pioneering figure in the rap industry, and her contributions to the genre will not be forgotten. Her sudden and untimely death is a loss to the music world, and she will be greatly missed.