Gangsta Boo


Lola Chantrelle Mitchell (August 7, 1979 – January 1, 2023), better known by her stage name Gangsta Boo, was an American rapper. A trailblazer for women in the Southern hip hop scene, she rose to prominence as a member of Three 6 Mafia, which she joined at the age of 15. After releasing six albums, she left the group and its record label after the release of her second solo album, Both Worlds *69 (2001), due to financial disputes and issues regarding promotion of the album. She subsequently released several solo albums and became known for collaborating with artists such as Eminem, Run the Jewels, La Chat, Latto, GloRilla, and Yelawolf.

After being discovered by DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia, Gangsta Boo was featured on the group's 1995 debut album Mystic Stylez and continued to collaborate with the group for five more albums. She ultimately left the group in 2001 to prioritize her solo career.

In 2013, she joined the Three 6 Mafia spin-off group Da Mafia 6ix, and was significantly featured on their debut mixtape 6ix Commandments. She departed from the group in 2014.

Gangsta Boo's first solo album, Enquiring Minds, was released in 1998 and reached number 15 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 46 on the Billboard 200. The album featured the surprise hit "Where Dem Dollas At!?".

Her second album, Both Worlds *69 (2001), reached number 8 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and number 29 on the Billboard 200. In 2003, she released her third album, Enquiring Minds II: The Soap Opera. The album peaked at number 53 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and 24 on the Independent Albums chart.

In 2009, Gangsta Boo released her third mixtape The Rumors (following her previous mixtapes Street Ringers Vol. 1 and Still Gangsta). She also released two mixtapes with DJ Fletch, Miss.Com (No DJ Version on iTunes) and 4 Da Hood. On June 27, 2011, she released her mixtape with Trap-A-Holics, Forever Gangsta. That same year, she collaborated with Yelawolf and Eminem on the song "Throw It Up".

On May 27, 2014, the extended play Witch, a collaboration with La Chat, was released. On October 14, 2014, Gangsta Boo teamed up with BeatKing and released a collaborative mixtape, Underground Cassette Tape Music, Vol. 1. In 2018, a successor mixtape titled Underground Cassette Tape Music, Vol. 2, was released.

Gangsta Boo was featured on the Run the Jewels track "Love Again (Akinyele Back)" from their 2014 album Run the Jewels 2, and reappeared on the track "Walking in the Snow" from their 2020 album RTJ4. In 2022, she was featured alongside GloRilla on the song "FTCU" by rapper Latto. At the time of her death, she had been working on an album that was planned to be titled The BooPrint.

Mitchell was found dead at her home in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 1, 2023, at the age of 43. A cause of death was not immediately revealed. The police stated that there was no evidence of foul play. Sources close to Mitchell claimed to TMZ that she was partying with her brother the previous night, and that she overdosed after taking cocaine that was (unbeknownst to him) laced with fentanyl. Although her brother survived and was released from hospital, Mitchell allegedly used the same batch of cocaine a few hours later and suffered a fatal overdose.