Memphis rapper and Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo passed away at age 43 Sunday.
According to Fox 13 Memphis, the “Where Dem Dollas At” rapper, born Lola Mitchell, was found dead on Jan. 1, 2023, at approximately 4 p.m. Her death was confirmed by Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul, who shared a tribute with a photo of her on Instagram. Although the exact reason for her passing has not been made public, according to TMZ, it “appears to be drug-related,” and authorities have opened a formal investigation.
Many celebrities within the hip-hop community, including Ty Dolla $ign, GloRilla, Missy Elliott, Questlove, and Flo Milli, posted their reflections and condolences on social media.
Born in Memphis on Aug. 7, 1979, Gangsta Boo began rapping as a teenager after starting to write poetry at an early age. According to Gangsta Boo, she was regularly reminded of the unequal treatment of women in hip-hop.
“Men are more chauvinistic than they even know, really. I’ve had to go through certain things where I’ve had to push a titty up or two to get things done, whereas a man doesn’t. He can just scratch his balls and shake hands with a CEO to get his deal signed,” Gangsta Boo told I-D.