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CPO Boss Hogg

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CPO Boss Hogg
Birth nameVince Edwards
Also known as
  • Lil' Nation
  • CPO
Born(1963-09-09)September 9, 1963
Compton, California, U.S.
DiedJanuary 12, 2022(2022-01-12) (aged 58)
Compton, California, U.S.
Years active1989–2022
Formerly of

Vince Edwards (September 9, 1963 – January 12, 2022) professionally known by his stage name CPO Boss Hogg, was an American rapper from Compton, California. He began his career as a founding member of the hip hop group Capital Punishment Organization in 1989 under the moniker Lil' Nation. The group released their only album before splitting up in 1991. Afterwards Edwards continued his career as a solo artist, featuring on several high-profile albums.


In a 2016 interview, Edwards stated George Clinton, Prince, Barry White, Michael Jackson (and The Jackson 5), Chuck D, KRS-One, LL Cool J, MC Ren, Ice Cube, and The D.O.C. as his favorite and influential musicians.[1]

Edwards was discovered by MC Ren, who helped him to make a deal with Capitol Records. Ren also produced C.P.O.'s debut album To Hell and Black and got Eazy and Dre featured in the music video for its lead single "Ballad Of A Menace". Edwards made his guest appearance on the song "Findum. Fuckem, And Flee" from N.W.A's final album. After C.P.O. and N.W.A. had disbanded, Edwards was signed to Death Row Records. He appeared on Above The Rim OST with "Jus So Ya No" and on Murder Was The Case OST with Slip Capone "The Eulogy". Edwards' biggest feature was with Tupac Shakur on the track "Picture Me Rollin" from 'Pac's All Eyez on Me album in 1996. CPO left Death Row for Priority Records and made his guest appearances on Snoop-affiliated Tha Eastsidaz, Bones OST, and The Return of the Regulator.[2][3]

In 2012, Edwards founded his independent record label Tilted Brimm Entertainment Group, LLC.

Since 2013, CPO Boss Hogg announced that he was working on new material for his sophomore album release titled I, Boss. He dropped his first single off of it, "Your Body Is Hot!", on August 19, 2014.

Personal life and death[edit]

Edwards had a daughter named Mikki.[4] In March 2010,[5] Edwards experienced respiratory issues and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.[4][6] He died 12 years later on January 12, 2022, at the age of 58.[7][8]



  1. ^ "Interview: Vince Edwards (aka CPO Boss Hogg) - Honey & Pine". Honey & Pine. April 20, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "CPO Boss Hogg Explains Getting Paid $37,000 For Tupac's "Picture Me Rollin'"". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Kiser, Chad (June 3, 2013). "CPO Boss Hogg Interview (Part 1) (June 2013) - DubCNN.com // West Coast Hip-Hop : Daily For Over A Decade". DubCNN.com // West Coast Hip-Hop : Daily For Over A Decade. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Paine, Jake (April 6, 2010). "C.P.O. The Boss Hogg Recovering, Condition Clarified". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Paine, Jake (March 12, 2010). "West Coast Veteran C.P.O. Tha Boss Hogg In Hospital From Heart Attack". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on May 17, 2017.
  6. ^ "CPO Boss Hogg Addresses 2010 "Heart Attack," Working With Death Row Engineers". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  7. ^ Creekmur, Chuck (January 13, 2022). "Former Death Row Records Rapper CPO Boss Hogg Dies At 52". AllHipHop. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  8. ^ Vince Edwards