Saturday, February 27, 2010

Robert 'Chilly B' Crafton III, of Newcleus Dead

Newcleus-Jam On It

DIAZ | MySpace Video

From the Newcleus myspace page:

Newcleus co-founder, writer, rapper, singer, keyboardist and bass player Robert Crafton III p/k/a Chilly B has passed away due to complications from a massive stroke. The stroke had left him brain dead and in a coma. On Tuesday, February 23rd the decision was made to remove him from life support and he passed on not long after.

Chilly B's signature moments were his classic verse from "Jam On It", his funky bass guitar licks from "Jam On Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song)", and his booming deep vocal and sizzling synthesizer solo from "Computer Age (Push The Button)".

In recent years he was involved in independent production, including working on a new Newcleus album, and touring with Newcleus.

He is survived by his wife Valerie and his sons Justin, Jason, Joshua and Isaiah.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hip-Hop Eats Its Young

Lil Bow Wow continues to escape the curse of the child rapper that befell his predecessors. While Kriss Kross, Illegal, A+, Chi Ali, Another Bad Creation and Da Family are frozen in time on the back of a milk carton, the former 13-year-old genius has a hefty discography (six albums) and a few movie roles under his belt.

Recently, he's been in the news for his reckless use of social media and a Lamborghini a few months back. The rapper allegely tweeted while driving drunk, about being drunk. "Face numb," he posted. "im whippin the lambo. Tispy as fuck. Just left @livmiami." And later: "Im fucked up!!! Ohhhh damn. Y i drive the lambo. Chris might have to drive after next spot."

He apologized later. But while he may have stopped driving while tipsy, he kept on tweeting. In January, he got into a twitter beef with his mother, who he mentions in the video above. Rapper Fabolous has also been a target of the tart tweets from the pint-sized rapper. He's also twittered comments that have led some to beleive he was suffering from depression. Earlier this reportedly paid The Game a $100,000 after losing a Madden game.

In this brief interview I shot for another video show, Lil Bow Wow doesn't do anything to embarrass himself. He was saving that for later.