American rapper GloRilla has paid tribute to the late Gangsta Boo (real name Lola Mitchell), a former member of Three 6 Mafia who passed away at the age of 43. Her cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Describing Gangsta Boo as a “real legend”, GloRilla took to Instagram to share screenshots of a conversation she had with the rapper before her death. “You’re smashing [it],” Mitchell told GloRilla in one message, “As a pioneer of Memphis female rap, I love to see this. Go off.” In another message, Gangsta Boo praises GloRilla’s AMA appearance, where she joined Cardi B for a rendition of ‘Tomorrow 2’. “You’re legit great at what you [do],” Boo wrote.
In the accompanying caption, GloRilla wrote: “I normally don’t post screenshots but the fact that she reached out to me before anybody else had a clue who I was. She always supported me & the girls way back before we blew up. A REAL LEGEND. There will never be another Gangsta Boo.”
Born in 1979 in Memphis, Tennesee, Lola Mitchell began writing poetry as a child, later turning to music after her father bought her a keyboard and a karaoke machine. In high school, her talents caught the attention of classmate DJ Paul, who, as Mitchell told Passion of the Weiss in 2012, “wanted me to get on his mixtape, so I got on his mixtape and I became really popular.”
Having adopted the Gangsta Boo moniker, Mitchell joined Three 6 Mafia on a full-time basis, recording her first verses as a member for the group’s debut album Mystic Stylez when she was still just 15. Arriving in 1995, the album bought the Southern rap scene to international attention.
From there, Boo remained an important contributor to Three 6 Mafia’s horrorcore sound, rapping on albums such as 1996’s Chapter 1: The End, 1997’s Chapter 2: World Domination, 1999’s Tear Da Club Up Thugs, and 2000’s When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1.