Detroit Rapper Bo$$ Has Died—Bun B, Jermaine Dupri, The D.O.C. & More React

The first female artist signed to Def Jam West was perhaps best known for her 1993 single “I Don’t Give a F###.”

In the early 1990s, Boss, also known as Lichelle Laws, was making waves in the rap and hip-hop world. Collaborating with artists such as Krayzie Bone and releasing her own mixtape, she was known for her hardcore lyrics and unapologetic attitude.

However, behind the scenes, Boss was facing a silent battle. In 2011, she revealed to the world that she was in need of a kidney due to her battle with renal disease. Despite reaching out to the public for a potential donor, she was still in need of a match.

Then, in 2017, tragedy struck again. Boss suffered a major stroke and seizure, further complicating her health issues. As the bills for her medical treatment piled up, a GoFundMe was set up to help raise the funds for a recommended medical procedure that could potentially save her life.

The response was overwhelming. Supporters from all over the world rallied together to donate to Boss’s cause. What started as a goal of $15,000 was quickly surpassed, with the total amount raised reaching over $16,000.

Throughout it all, Boss remained resilient. Despite her health struggles, she continued to stay true to her music, never losing sight of her passion for the art form. Her strength and determination in the face of adversity inspired her fans and fellow musicians alike.

As the music industry continues to grapple with issues of ageism and appearance, Boss’s story serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of focusing on the music and the message behind it. Her perseverance and unyielding spirit have left an indelible mark on the music world, and she continues to be a source of inspiration for all who know her story. Boss’s journey is a testament to the power of resilience and the unwavering support of a community that stands by its artists through thick and thin.

Detroit rapper and the first female artist signed to Def Jam West Bo$$—perhaps best known for her 1993 single “I Don’t Give a F###”—has died according to a post from Bun

The UGK legend shared a photo of Bo$$ to his Instagram account on Monday (March 11) and wrote in the caption, “Rest in peace to my big sis Lichelle Laws AKA Boss. One of the best female MCs and a dear friend. Give Rick Royal a hug for me. Long Live The Org!”

Several of Bun B’s peers chimed in, including 9th Wonder, Jermaine Dupri, The D.O.C., Goodie Mob’s Big Gipp, Mia X, Chuck D and Slim Thug.

While details on Bo$$’s passing remain scarce, her family set up a GoFundMe to pay for her medical bills in 2021. The description for the fundraiser explained she’d been suffering from renal disease since 2011, which left her in need of a kidney transplant. As a result, she had a major stroke and seizure in 2017

We are now trying to see if the family can get a specialised procedure for her,” the GoFundMe description read.  “The procedure is costly and we wanted to reach out to her extended family, her friends and fans, to ask for assistance with helping her to be blessed with this procedure to help her to get back to her health. The funds are needed as soon as possible to set her up for the procedure.

“After this procedure she will be on the kidney list for a transplant from a donor, once we receive one. “We are humbly requesting your help, family. Please give whatever you can. We are grateful for anything that you can do.”


The GoFundMe page managed to collect more than $17,000 since it was put up. No further details on her death are available as of press time. This is a developing story.

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