West coast rapper Bad Azz has reportedly passed away while in a California detention center.
Bad Azz, who’s real name was Jamarr Antonio Stamps, was in custody at the Southwest Detention Center in Riverside, California at the time of his death. As a result of being arrested on a domestic violence charge, the Westcoast emcee’s bail was consequently set at $10,000 according to records. At this stage, the cause of the 43-year-old rapper’s death has yet to be revealed.
In a music career spanning over twenty years, his affiliation with Snoop Dogg gave birth to a number of classics. Born in Hawaiian Gardens, CA in 1975, Bad Azz started rapping at local parties and clubs. He was an original member of The LBC Crew with Lil C-Style and Techniec. Although The LBC Crew signed with Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle Records in 1997, their debut album hit the shelves in 2011 titled ‘Haven’t You Heard…’
Aside from his affiliation with Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, Bad Azz released four studio albums. His debut album, ‘Word on tha Streets’ featured the Outlawz and The Lady of Rage. Produced by Marvin Watkins, his debut peaked at Number 32 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In addition, Bad Azz collaborated with the late Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, Warren G, Bizzy Bone and Kurupt.
A Feature On Tupac’s Iconic Makaveli Album
Bad Azz’s would get the chance to collaborate with Tupac on the song titled ‘Krazy’ for the Makaveli album. In what appears to be Bad Azz last interview, he spoke with The Art Of Dialogue, on his experiences working with Tupac. Bad Azz also revealed that he was around Can-Am Studios at the time of the recording of Tupac’s ‘All Eyez On Me’ album. Speaking on the song ‘Krazy’ Bad Azz said, “Krazy was dope. Krazy was like, I feel like it was meant to happen, you know what I’m saying? Like something that the universe put together. You know some people call it God. Just perfect timing, you know what I’m saying? Right place at the right time.”
Tributes For Bad Azz On Social Media
Tributes have poured in on social media, including one from Snoop Dogg, who said he was “gone too soon.” Snoop posted on Instagram, “Damn. R. I. P. To my young. D. P. G. L. L. G. L. B. C. Crew original.
“@badazzlbc gone 2 soon.”
Young Noble posted a picture of Bad Azz, himself and Edi Don on Instagram along with a touching caption. The caption read: “Rest in paradise to our good brother @badazzlbc & condolences to his family, Tha Dogg Pound & everyone who loved him!! Super solid dude he will be greatly missed!!”
Another Instagram post by Daz Dillinger shared the screenshot of Bad Azz’s prison record with the caption “No Justice No Peace. Bad Azz RIP.” Similarly, former Outlawz member Napoleon posted about how out of all the members affiliated with the Dogg Pound, Bad Azz was the closest to the Outlawz, therefore bonding with him the most.