Boss (rapper)

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Boss/Bo$$
Birth nameLichelle Laws
Born (1969-08-14) August 14, 1969 (age 49)
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresHip hop
Years active1991–1995
2004–present
LabelsDef Jam West, Chaos, Columbia, SME Records (1992–1995)
8055 Records (2004–2006)

Boss (born Lichelle Laws, August 14, 1969) is an American gangsta rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her debut album, Born Gangstaz, reached number three on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 1993. Her name is sometimes stylized as Bo$$.

Personal life and career[edit]

Born in Detroit, Laws relocated to Los Angeles after graduating high school. Laws was spotted by DJ Quik who stuck her on a track with AMG. Russell Simmons liked the track and promptly signed her to Def Jam West.[1] Her debut album Born Gangstaz was released in 1993,[2] and the singles, "Deeper" and "Recipe for a Hoe", hit number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.[3]

Laws' fledgling career took a major blow in 1994 when she was interviewed by a reporter from The Wall Street Journal. The reporter revealed that she grew up in an upper-middle-class family and attended private school.[4][5]

In the mid-1990s, she moved to Dallas, Texas, and went on to be a radio DJ. In 2001, she collaborated with Krayzie Bone on his album Thug On Da Line. In 2004, she released a mixtape titled The Six Million Dollar Mixtape produced by Def Jef.[6]

It was revealed in May 2011 that Laws is in need of a kidney due to her suffering from renal disease, a disease that rendered her kidneys useless for processing toxins in her body. Laws reached out to the Facebook community for a potential donor. A donor is yet to be found.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US US
R&B
1993 Born Gangstaz 22 3

Collaborative albums[edit]

  • Doin Everythang (with Esham, Poe Whosaine & Doc Hollywood Hustle as D.E.T.) (2008)[8]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Hot
100
R&B Rap Dance Born Gangstaz
1993 "Deeper" 65 28 1 25
"Recipe of a Hoe" 118[A] 73 1 29

Songs in soundtracks[edit]

Boss' song "I Don't Give A Fuck" featured as the Closing Credits song of the episode "Lesbian Request Denied" from Season 1 of the Netflix TV show Orange Is the New Black.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Brian. "Music: Same as the old Boss". Metro Times. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  2. ^ Andy Kellman. "Born Gangstaz". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  3. ^ "Rap Music: Top Rap Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  4. ^ Smith, Brian. "Music: Same as the old Boss". Metro Times. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  5. ^ "Pants On Fire: Hip-Hop's Most Exposed Liars". Complex. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  6. ^ Jost, Matt (30 November 2004). "The Six Million Dollar Mixtape Review". RapReviews.com. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  7. ^ Steven. "Rapper Bo$$ In Need Of Kidney Transplant". Hip Hop DX. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Doin Every Thang by D.E.T".
  9. ^ "Orange is the New Black Music - Season 1: "Lesbian Request Denied" - TuneFind". TuneFind.com. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 18 Sep 2014.