Rapper Grand Daddy IU, a veteran MC, and inspiration to many of our favorite golden-era rappers, passed away on December 13th at the age of 54.
Grand Daddy I.U. came on the scene in the late ’80s, when he was signed to Cold Chillin’ Records and released his album, Smooth Assassin. The album saw great success, containing songs like “Something New” and “Sugar Free.”
By the 90s, the MC continued making music but also saw success as a producer. His work as a producer would lead him to work with several golden era artists, such as Ice-T and KRS-One. He also recorded with artists like Roxanne Shante and The Notorious B.I.G.
His work and lyrical skills inspired many artists like N.O.R.E., LL Cool J, and Busta Rhymes.
Tributes to the late rapper flooded social media:
“Rest in power King. HipHop was in your DNA. @granddaddy_iu Thank You for your contribution.” – LL Cool J
“Waking up to this crazy. RIP ALMIGHTY GDIU!! (sic)” – Busta Rhymes
“No I am not okay. I’m devastated….Anyone who really knows me knows how much pure love and respect I had for him. I pray for a peaceful and easy transition.” – Grand Daddy I.U’s business manager
Our thoughts and prayers are with Grand Daddy I.U.’s family, friends, and fans. His legacy and impact on the world of Hip-Hop music will not be forgotten.
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