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Freakie Tah
Freaky Tah
 March 28, 1999
Age 27

    From SOHH: Freaky Tah was shot in the head while coming out of a party in Jamaica, Queens.  He was gunned down by a masked assailant as he was coming out the Sheraton Hotel on his way to the airport.  Police at this time have no motive or suspects. Tah was pronounced dead at 4:20 am Sunday morning.  
Wall of Sound Obituary: 

Rapper Freaky Tah, a member of the Lost Boyz, was shot and killed in the New York borough of Queens on Sunday around 4 a.m. An unidentified gunman, who wore a ski mask, came up behind Tah, fired a shot into the rapper's head, and ran. Witnesses at the scene said the gunman fired into the air after shooting Tah, though police were unable to confirm the report. According to the Associated Press, police do not think robbery was a motive in the killing. Tah, whose real name was Raymond Rodgers, was 27 years old.  

Tah was leaving a party when the shooting occurred. The other three Lost Boyz were also allegedly at the party, though police were unable to locate them later in the day. Tah was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later. 

"Universal Records is deeply saddened by the loss of Freaky Tah, a member of the Lost Boyz," his label said in a statement today. "Universal Records joins the rest of his bandmates, family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss, and what is a tremendous loss to the music community." 

The four Lost Boyz grew up together, earning money in their youth as drug dealers. The title of their 1996 debut album Legal Drug Money refers to going straight after seeing a drug dealer die in a shooting. Their second album, Love Peace & Nappiness, was released in 1997. Following their success, they remained active in their community, holding barbecues and video game excursions for local children. They also put money into local businesses and were reportedly seeking to put together a free summer camp in upstate New York for local kids.

Blaze Obituary
      Lost Boyz' Freaky Tah Shot And Killed Lost Boyz member Freaky Tah 
      was shot and killed Sunday morning after a late night party in his native  
      Queens. According to police, Raymond Rogers, 28, (the sand paper 
      voiced sidekick to LB frontman Mr. Cheeks), was shot in the head by 
      an unknown ski-masked gunman after leaving a party around 4 a.m. 
      at the Sheraton Hotel in the Jamaica section of Queens. Rogers was  
      declared dead at Jamaica Hospitals at 4:20 a.m. 
                   As we reported last month, Mr. Cheeks was excited 
                   about his group's upcoming release LB for Life and 
                   talked of working with Queens based underground 
                   producers instead of more established names. The 
                   death of Rogers is sure to project a dark cloud over 
                   the late June release. The Lost Boyz have enjoyed 
                   success as one of hip hop's most beloved party acts. 
                   There underground anthems "Jeeps, Lex Coups, 
                   Bimaz And Benz," "Lifestyles Of The Rich And 
                   Shameless" and "Renee" helped propel their debut 
                   1996 album Legal Drug Money to gold status. The 
                   album title was a statement of the group's transition 
                   from drug dealers to becoming respectful artist who 
                   made it their point to give back to their home base of 
                   South Jamaica, Queens. Their follow-up album Love, 
                   Peace and Nappiness also went gold, continuing the 
                   Lost Boyz' infectious, chorus laden block party style 
                   jams. Family and friends of Rogers are looking for 
                   answers to his untimely death. "His dream was to 
                   help other kids in the neighborhood get started in the 
                   business," his dad Linford Rogers told the New York 
                   Post. "He was an open-hearted person, always willing 
                   to help those who were in need. This took a piece of 
                   my heart." ---More news

                 "Lifestyles of the rich & shameless/some die wit the name/some die 
                 nameless/it's all the same game/it's all the same pain" --Lost Boyz  

                 Continuing the sad stereotype in "lifestyles of the hip-hop rich and 
                 famous"-- in which hip-hop artists fall prey to the same violence their 
                 art sometimes exposes-- Lost Boyz MC Freakie Tah was fatally shot 
                 early Sunday morning outside a nightclub in his native Queens.  

                 It was only a month ago that veteran NYC lyricist Big L was gunned 
                 down, shocking an underground movement that was finally prepared to 
                 accept L's rise to mainstream recognition with his brilliant single 
                 "Ebonics." And no one has forgotten the Left Coast murders-- and 
                 subsequent martyrization-- of hip-hop's two greatest modern icons, 
                 Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.  

                 With the passing of Tah, this epidemic of violence now seems to 
                 permeate an unprecedentedly wide segment of hip-hop culture. Tah 
                 and the Lost Boyz-- too early really to be part of the current "hip-pop" 
                 phenom-- had been relatively quiet since the release of their gold album 
                 Legal Drug Money in '96 and Love, Peace & Nappiness in '97. Though 
                 Tah did not die 'nameless,' in the sense of individual obscurity, his 
                 musical future was unclear as the details surrounding his death.  

                 A couple of darkly ironic notes in all of this are that Big L and Tah have 
                 recorded together, and that with Love, Peace & Nappiness The Lost 
                 Boyz had moved so decidely toward the positive (if not afrocentric) and 
                 away from the criminal-minded Legal Drug Money.  

                 This tragedy rings out sharply with the message that the state of inner 
                 city living is not all ice-downed medallions and Moet. It continues the 
                 blurring of art and life-- and their cycle of imitation of each other. 
                 Moreover, the murder sheds light on why the pop success of someone 
                 like Jay-Z (who was actually once Big L's understudy) represents so 
                 much for city youth of today. Jay-Z's image defines the success of 
                 someone who has fought for everything, cheated death, and relied on 
                 cunning and humor to get over. No matter how much the work of newly 
                 platinum artists may benefit from airbrushing and the bright lights of a 
                 Hype Williams video, it still functions, ironically and grippingly, as what 
                 Chuch D calls the "African American CNN."  

                 The parting shot here is that despite the cushy state of the American 
                 economy, black-on-black violence continues to plague most urban 
                 communities. So we can only hope that as hip-hop culture endures the 
                 violent loss of its artists, more lyricists and musicians who are holding 
                 the attention of kids on the block and now in the shopping malls, are 
                 also raising up voices against the madness and in support of life.  



 Lost Boyz
The nappy headed rappers out of Jamaica Queens, NY have had an intresting tale.  

The group that put the dancing back into hip-hop has waited years to be put down and now that they've landed us headz just want more and more. 

Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, Pretty Lou, and Spigg Nice dropped their first album "Legal Drug Money" which was an album that had 5 smash singles but there was 
a problem. The album didn't drop till months after these singles were released. We were noddin 
our heads to "Jeeps,Lex,Coups..." months before the album came out.  

The first single off the album "Lifestyles of The Rich and Shameless" was released almost a year before the album was released. Then the smash single "Renee" and came out and there was still no album. The problem was a record distribution problem with their record company. But in '96 when the album finally dropped it didn't disappoint in any way. They released the singles "Music Makes Me High" and 
"Get Down" later and the partying was back in hip-hop. 

With all the music out there about the harsh reality of life the Lost Boyz created a getaway and said just party and relax. No matter what coast you're from (Check out the Music Makes Me High Remix with the Dogg Pound) they want you to get down. Once the album dropped the group has blessed us with tracks all over the place guest appearing in many songs (112, Mona Lisa, etc..). But the fans really wanted was a whole new album so we can jam. And of course the lbfam gladly obliged and dropped us some new beats to keep us busy.  




  More news:
From Blaze:
                       Police Search For Answers In Freaky Tah Killing

                    As we last reported yesterday,
                    Lost Boyz member Freaky Tah
                    was shot and killed by a masked
                    assailant after leaving a party at
                    the Four Points Sheraton Hotel
                    near JFK airport in Queens, New
                   York around 4 a.m. Sunday morning. According to
                   Allstar, police have found leads in the case, although
                   information to the case has not been made public.
                   Mary DeBourbon, a spokesperson for the Queens
                   District Attorney's office, was quoted in Allstar as
                   saying "we believe he (Freaky Tah, 28, born
                   Raymond Rogers) was shot in the front of the hotel
                   on the street." She added that the suspect is
                   reported to be an African-American male who
                   escaped on foot.

                   However, when Blaze Online talked to the Queens
                   D.A. office, a spokesperson said she "could not
                   comment on the case." She also said that police are
                   only allowed to comment if  "they have somebody in
                   custody." Meanwhile, Sonicnet has reported that the
                   police are looking into a connection between Rogers
                   death and the still unsolved killing of Harlem MC Big
                   L in February. Big L co-produced the 1996 Lost Boyz
                   track "Straight From The Ghetto," which was featured
                   on the Queens based group's debut album Legal Drug
                   Money. Freaky Tah and Big L were killed within a
                   month of each other and were reportedly friends .

                   The Lost Boyz label home, Universal Records, would
                   not comment on the connection. However, in a
                   statement to the press yesterday, Universal
                   expressed their sadness over Freaky Tah's death
                   saying "[we] are deeply saddened by the lost of
                   Freaky Tah, a member of the Lost Boyz. "We join the
                   rest of his bandmates, family, friends and fans in
                   mourning his loss, and what is a tremendous loss to
                   the music community."