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Died On This Date (February 14, 2014) Tim Dog / Popular East Coast Rapper

Posted by themusicsover on February 14, 2013

Tim Dog (Born Timothy Blair)
January 1, 1967 – February 14, 2013

tim-dogStraight outta the Bronx, Tim Dog was not shy about proclaiming his disdain for West Coast rap with his 1991 hit, “Fuck Compton.”  The popular N.W.A.-targeting “diss” song appeared on his 1991 debut, Penicillin on Wax and sparked wax responses from the likes of DJ Quik, Compton’s Most Wanted, and Dr. Dre among others.  The song ultimately landing on XXL Magazine’s Top 25 Diss Tracks Of All Time. Dog followed up with Do Or Die two years later along with two other albums in the mid 2000s.  Earlier in his career, Dog recorded with Ultramagnetic MCs as well as Ultra with Kool Keith.  On the business side, Dog held high-ranking positions at Rap Legends Recordings, Our Turn Records, Big Xity Entertainment, and BMC Management.  In 2012, Dog was the subject of a Dateline NBC episode due to his 2011 involvement in an online dating scam for which he was sentenced to five years probation.  On February 14, 2013, Tim Dog died from a seizure reportedly triggered by a long battle with diabetes.  He was 46.

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Died On This Date (October 26, 2012) Natina Reed / American Rapper & Singer; Member of Blaque

Posted by themusicsover on October 26, 2012

Natina Reed
October 28, 1979 – October 26, 2012

Natina Reed was a Queens, New York born singer and rapper who is best remembered as one-third of the popular R&B singing group, Blaque.  Formed in 1999, the group, which also included Shamari Fears and ultimately, Brandi Williams, the group caught the ear of TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes who signed them to a production deal.  Lopes became a mentor to Reed.  Blaque went on to release three albums with Reed contributing her raps to hits like “Bring It All To Me,” “Can’t Get It Back,” and “808.”  In all, the group charted five singles in the US through 2004 when the group split up after Reed joined a ministry.  Reed reunited with Blaque in later years, while Reed dabbled in acting.  She also began work on a solo album.  On October 26, 2012, Reed was struck and killed by a vehicle as she walked across a street near her home.  Early reports indicate that it was an accident, and that the drivers of the vehicle cooperated with the police.  No charges were initially filed.  Natina Reed was  32 when she passed away.

Thanks to Harold Lepidus at the Bob Dylan Examiner for the assist.

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Died On This Date (September 3, 2013) Matthew Africa / Popular San Francisco Disc Jockey

Posted by themusicsover on September 8, 2012

Matthew Africa
DOB Unknown – September 3, 2012

Matthew Africa was a popular hip-hop DJ in the San Francisco bay area.  Africa began building his following after he joined U.C. Berkeley radio station, KALX-FM.  Over a career that spanned some 20 years, he was revered for his ability to find rare soul and hip-hop vinyl nuggets and introduce them to his audience.  He went on to become a popular club, party, and event DJ while fans gobbled up his mix tapes.  In recent years, Africa could be heard on  He also worked as an intellectual property attorney.  On September 3, 2012, Matthew Africa and his wife, Ha Le were driving home from Yosemite when, for unknown reasons, he reportedly lost control of his car and ultimately collided with a big rig.  While his wife was flown to a hospital with major injuries, Africa died from his injuries at the scene.  He was 40.

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Died On This Date (August 30, 2013) Chris Lighty / Managed 50 Cent, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Ja Rule

Posted by themusicsover on August 30, 2012

Chris Lighty
DOB Unknown – August 30, 2012

Chris Lighty was a respected artist manager who counted Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mariah Carey, Ja Rule and 50 Cent as clients.  Raised in New York City, Lighty landed his first significant gig in 1988 with Russell Simmon’s Rush Management.  After learning the ropes and building a solid reputation as a man who could build brands, Lighty formed Violator Management.  His early roster included Busta Rhymes, L L Cool J, and Missy Elliott.  Before long, Lighty was representing some of the biggest names in entertainment, and while doing so, becoming one of the most significant business forces in rap history.  Chris Lighty reportedly died from a self-inflected gunshot wound at his home on August 30, 2012. He was 44.

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Died On This Date (July 18, 2012) Ms. Melodie / Boogie Down Productions

Posted by themusicsover on July 18, 2012

Ms. Melodie (Born Ramona Scott)
DOB Unknown – July 18, 2012

Ramona Scott, known professionally as Ms. Melodie, was a rapper and MC who was part of her one-time husband, KRS-One’ s group, Boogie Down Productions.  She remained with the outfit until their divorce in 1992.  Born in Brooklyn, New York, Scott released her first 12″ record, “Hype According To Ms. Melodie” in 1988.  She followed that up with her one and only album, the mostly KRS-One produced, Diva in 1989.  The album featured the hits, “Live On Stage” and “Wake Up, Wake Up,” which cracked the top 20 of Billboard’s Rap Singles Chart. Both received significant video airplay on MTV and other outlets.  On July 18, 2012, it was announced that Ramona Scott passed away earlier that day.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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