Rappers Who Died In 2023



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As time goes on, the music industry tragically continues to lose legends and phenomenons that helped define and shape the world of music as we know it today. While their work will keep them immortalized forever, the music industry and music lovers around the world take this time to mourn the lives of the rappers that we have lost throughout 2023, all of whom we lost far too soon. While dying is a natural part of living, it is still a tragic moment learning some of our favorite and most important voices in the rap community have passed on, but there is no better way for the masses to pay respect to these generational artists than by playing their music loud and proud for all to hear.

Artists like Gangsta Boo helped revolutionize not only southern hip-hop, but hip-hop for women around the world as she was an absolute trailblazer in the industry who paved the way for a new wave of legendary rappers like Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Doja Cat. Throughout the year more legends will pass, and it is our responsibility to honor them in the best ways we know how.

As we continue to honor the legacies of the musical geniuses who have passed in 2023, be sure to keep this page bookmarked as we will continuously update this list with all the rap artists who have died in 2023, because although they may be gone, their legacies, music, and influence on the genre will last forever.

  • Gangsta Boo
    Photo: Gangsta Boo / Instagram

    Lola Chantarelle Mitchell, better known by her stage name Gangsta Boo, passed away on January 1, 2023. She was 43.

    Gangsta Boo was a trailblazer in the female rap game, as she was one of the prominent members of the hit rap group Three 6 Mafia just at the age of 15. A revelation in the southern hip-hop scene, Gangsta Boo would be a part of the group for six years from 1995 to 2001, where she would collaborate on six total albums. Eventually, Gangsta Boo would leave the group to focus on her own solo career, where she released Enquiring Minds, her first solo record. The record managed to reach number 15 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts and 46 on the Billboard 200. Gangsta Boo would continue to release solo music until 2018, but she would frequently collaborate with other superstars in the genre, including Eminem, Run the Jewels, and even went back to work with Three 6 Mafia.

    While the initial cause of death was not released, according to TMZ, Gangsta Boo passed of an appeared overdose while partying with a family member. The rap community took to Twitter to mourn the loss of one of their great trailblazers, all paying respect to a legend in the industry.

    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Southern hip hop
    • Albums: Enquiring Minds, Both Worlds *69, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera, Witch, Street Ringers Vol. 1: The Mix Tape
    • Nationality: American