Who Dat Rapper? 08-21-16
1993 was the year that Gangster Rap was “Fully Operational”. We had plenty of MC’s from across the country ready to lyrically murder anyone who dared cross them. One thing that was missing was a female rapper that was just as hardcore as the male counterparts. Apache laid the blueprint in 1992 with “Gangsta Bitch.” It wasn’t until the next year that one came on the scene to fit that mold. Sure, we had MC Lyte, YoYo and the likes, who were very aggressive, but no female rapper had arrived that would spit such murderous material until Bo$$.
Originally from Detroit, Lichelle Laws finished high school before heading to Los Angeles and quickly found herself on a song featuring AMG. She then dropped the track “Diary of a Mad Bitch”, which landed on the Zebrahead soundtrack. A certain rapper from Queens also has a song on this album. Russell Simmons quickly drafted her to his Def Jam team and started on her debut album, “Born Gangstaz“. Russell was able to have a smorgasbord of top producers handle the music including Def Jef, AMG, Erick Sermon, MC Serch and Jam Master Jay (RIP).
Bo$$ “Born Gangstaz”
“I may be loosin my mind but better that than my heart (I hear you)
I talk a lot of shit but I can back it all the fuck up
I’m real cool people until some bullshit get brung up
Look here, believe me I ain’t comin out my crib
tryin to snap on life and run out and do some dumb shit
So I’ll be takin another sip to relax me
And get them problems out my mind that distract me
Life is workin on my last nerve (yeah I hear you G)”
The reggae portion is a surprisingly nice addition to the track. For some reason, I don’t remember that part when I jammed to this in the 90’s .
“Recipe of a Hoe” was her second #1 single on the Rap charts. This time, she flowed over the smooth sounds of an Isley Brothers sample. Boss let these cats know they may get over on other chicks, but she knows better.
“If you’s a tramp ass nigga or no good nigga you get dissed quick!
But ain’t no tellin ya know my personalities split
I could just gank you for our shit without a warning
or peel your cap now and get it over with by the morning”
Bo$$ after Born Gangstaz
Boss really shined on a collaboration on Spice 1’s ‘Don’t Ring the Alarm” off his genocidal ‘187 He Wrote’. The 90’s were filled with a plethora of murder raps and Spice 1 had them fully loaded and on automatic fire. Boss joined in on a violent fictional bank robbery that had an ending left up to our imagination.
The Hughes Brothers (directors of Menace II Society) directed her next video, “Progress of Elimination” that featured MC Eiht. Boss then found herself on the 93 Chronic Tour which included Dr. Dre, Onyx, Scarface, and Snoop Dogg. Not bad at all for a rookie female gangsta MC.
Boss “Progress Of Elimination”
In 2 short years, Boss shot to the top of the charts but her star began to dimmer just as quickly. The Wall Street Journal released a story in 1994 that stated Boss may not be as gangster as her music states and that she was actually from the burbs. Unfortunately for Boss, her audience believed she wasn’t “keepin it real” and their interest waned. I guess they wanted her to rob Bank of America. Boss recorded a second album but it was rejected and Boss was soon dropped from Def Jam.
Later Boss moved to Texas, had a family and decided to join the urban radio station K104 in Dallas, a gig she had for almost 5 years. Boss then appeared in 2001 on Krayzie Bone’s album “Thug on da Line” and blessed us with a verse on smoking weed and drinkin lean…..something she no doubt picked up during her stay in the Lone Star State.
Krayzie Bone feat Boss “Thug On Da Line”
Health issues followed shortly afterwards. Boss found herself needing dialysis for a severe kidney condition. A successful transplant saved her life and in 2004 she hooked back up with Def Jef for her comeback on the “Six Million Dollar Mixtape.” This project was only about 30 minutes long, but showcased that same persona that we knew 10 years prior. She was even able to poke fun at the reasoning for her downfall with rhymes like “Multi talented, even took a dance class….Catholic school bitch, never weak game.”
Bo$$ hasn’t released any music since and successfully had a 2nd kidney transplant in 2012.
Check out an impromptu performance a couple months afterwards.
Boss performs Live at DJ Los’ Birthday Party (04/17/12)
Her popularity may have deteriorated faster than Usain Bolt because she grew up in an affluent family. She actually foreshadowed this on her album. The beginning and ending of her album featured both her parents leaving voicemails stating that they disapproved of her violent tales. Her mother even mentioned they paid good money to send her to private school.
I certainly didn’t give a damn about any of this. I wanted another album. The mix of her strong vocals and ability to paint vivid yet violent stories while riding the music created by legendary producers is top notch. She was the first female gangster rapper we have seen. Sure, there have always been tough talking female rappers, but Boss was the first female that threatened to murder you. “That’s what you get for fuckin with a Mad Bitch”