Z-Boi: “The black and brown are dying faster.”
What’s going on with our rap artists during lockdown?
Rosarito based record producer Z-Boi is self-quarantining and producing reggaeton music and rap-beats from his Shock Da World Recordz studio, located 18 miles south of the border.
“Regarding rappers [Fred Da Godson and Scarface], man it’s sad,” he said, “the black and brown are dying faster than any other group.”
The two rappers caught the coronavirus in April.
Bronx-rapper Fred Da Godson died on April 23 , and Geto Boys’ Scarface said "I Was Inches Away From Death" in an April 24 Billboard article.
On Fred Da Godson’s last tweet on April 6, he posted a photo of himself wearing a breathing apparatus and captioned it: “I’m in here with this Covid-19 shit! Please keep me in y’all prayers!!! #GodIsGreat.”
“May God rest his soul” said Mike, a local hip-hop DJ. “Man, Fred Da Godson was so young . Then I saw the news about DJ Jazzy Jeff, Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s [Will Smith] homie and DJ Webstar, they caught it too. This [is] some serious shit and I’m finna chill even when they lift our orders.”
Rappers YNW Melly and Slim Thug tested positive for COVID-19 as well.
Since the countywide lockdown, it appears on social media that no local rappers caught the coronavirus.
Rossi was quarantined and got a tat of Tweety Bird on his forearm, and Rob Stone dropped a remix of his “Too Faded” cut featuring P-Lo and Snoop Dogg. Other hip-hop heads produced beats and rhymes from their home studios.
North County-rapper Kiyoshi is providing rap-tutorials online, and took to Instagram and busted a few joints he recently wrote.
- “Cuz nowadays it’s like the Truman show
- Hope and pray to see the mainstream news cancelled
- I be sipping chai tea
- Cookin’ rhymes in a lab
- Like they did COVID-19”
Heartbreaka from southeast San Diego posted an IG video on April 23. “What you see is 1000 K-95 masks that we’re donating, we’re gonna be sending them out to the hospitals and the front liners… this is just a small gesture and I wish we could do more. But I wanna challenge all the rappers, the trappers, the ballers, you know everybody out there you know. I want y’all to do something good for your community. I want you to help out your people and tag me if you do it.”
Less than two weeks after Heartbreaka’s video went live, Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s criminal justice reform organization, the Reform Alliance, reportedly sent out 130,000 masks to correctional facilities around the U.S.