Rapper Boss, One of the First Women Signed to Def Jam Recordings, Dies at 54

Boss, the Detroit rapper who became one of the first women to sign to Def Jam Recordings, has died of kidney failure, The Detroit News reports, citing a family spokesperson. The musician had been crowdfunding treatment for renal disease after a major stroke and seizure in 2017, according to a GoFundMe page. Boss was 54 years old.

Born Lichelle Marie Laws, Boss grew up in Detroit, where she earned a reputation for dominating rap battles, before studying at Michigan’s Oakland University. She moved to Los Angeles to seek a record deal, rapping alongside DJ partner Irene “Dee” Moore and eventually persuading Jeffrey “Def Jef” Fortson to drive to Compton and hear her rap. Impressed, he put the duo up in his own home to work on music, but, unhappy with his beats, they walked out a few days later.

Eulogizing Boss on Instagram, Bun B wrote, “Rest in peace to my big sis Lichelle Laws AKA Boss. One of the best female MCs and a dear friend. Give Rick Royal a hug for me. Long Live The Org!”

In her own tribute, Nikki D shared, “Lachelle a.k.a. BO$$, wasn’t a people person.. only cool once she lets you in.” She continued, “BO$$ is one of most intelligent, genuine and fun people I’ve met in this industry.. not easily impressed or moved by society’s rules, I love that about her.”

Nikki D concluded, “BO$$ there’s no one else I’d would’ve wanted to share our brand DEF JAM with, you are a trill one, and real one and I love you and will miss your gangsta and your good spirit!! Forever my sister.”

Source : Pitchfork