Gangsta Boo’s mother speaks after Memphis rapper’s death

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis rapper and former Three 6 Mafia member Gangsta Boo died on New Year’s Day.

Gangsta Boo, whose real name was Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, was found dead Sunday afternoon at a home, according to the Memphis Police Department. She was 43.

The cause of her death is unknown but according to the Memphis Police Department, there were no signs of foul play.

Officers responded just before 2:20 p.m. Sunday to “a person-down call” to a home on Raines Road in the Whitehaven neighborhood and found that Mitchell had died, police said.

Police said Monday afternoon that the death investigation is ongoing.

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DJ Paul, a founder of the legendary Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia, posted on Sunday afternoon a picture of Gangsta Boo on his Instagram profile as an apparent tribute.

Those close to Gangsta Boo called her “the Queen of Memphis” after a music career that spanned over 20 years.

In a statement, Gangsta Boos’ mother, Veronica Mitchell, called her daughter’s death “untimely” and requested privacy for her and her family. The mother’s full statement is below:

“The Mitchell family would like to thank everyone for their condolences regarding the untimely death of Lola ‘Gangsta Boo’ Mitchell. The family is asking for your continued prayers and privacy as we process the loss of our loved one.”

Gangsta Boo’s publicist, Echo Hattix of Echoing Soundz, called the Memphis-born artist “a pioneer of female rap.”

Gangsta Boo rose to fame as the second female rapper of Three 6 Mafia, which featured her on their hit song “Tear da Club Up ‘97.″ She reportedly left the group in the early 2000s.

In 1998, she released her debut solo album, Enquiring Minds, which reached No. 15 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and featured the hit single “Where Dem Dollas At?!”

In her career, Gangsta Boo worked with several popular artists, including Eminem, OutKast, Gucci Mane, Run the Jewels and fellow Memphis rapper in GloRilla.

Her publicist also said in a statement that the rapper filmed an unreleased video, “Imma Mack,” as part of Memphis producer Drumma Boy’s album “Welcome to My City, Vol. 4.”

In a statement, Drumma Boy referred to Gangsta Boo as “a sister.”

“We both are Leos and share the same energy toward unity and seeing people happy!” Drumma Boy said. “This is just such a devastating loss cuz she always wanted to see others win! RIP to the Queen Of Memphis.”

Boo Mitchell, a Grammy-winning producer from Memphis, recalled watching Gangsta Boo perform her part in “Tear da Club Up ‘97″ during the early days of her career.

“Gangsta Boo was always the most happiest, the most joyous person,” Boo Mitchell said. “No matter what, she never changed.”