Boss (rapper)

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Birth name Lichelle Laws
Born (1969-08-14) August 14, 1969 (age 47)
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1991–1995
Labels Def Jam West/Chaos/Columbia/SME Records (1992–1995)
8055 Records (2004–2006)
Associated acts Def Jef, Erick Sermon, AMG, Onyx, Spice 1, Krayzie Bone, Esham
Website Sivad Management Group [1]

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$$.

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]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
1993 Born Gangstaz 22 3

Collaboration albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
2008 Doin Every Thang with Esham, Poe Whosaine, and Doc Hollywood Hustle as D.E.T.[8]


Year Song 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]


  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. ^ Archived from the original on May 24, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  6. ^ Jost, Matt (30 November 2004). "The Six Million Dollar Mixtape Review". Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Steven. "Rapper Bo$$ In Need Of Kidney Transplant". Hip Hop DX. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Orange is the New Black Music - Season 1: "Lesbian Request Denied" - TuneFind". 11 July 2013. Retrieved 18 Sep 2014.