Payroll has reportedly passed away
Fake Shore Drive is reporting that the veteran Chicago rapper Payroll has passed away from a drug overdose. While details are hard to come by, and original reports claimed that the rapper was murdered, the clearinghouse for Chicago hip-hop information is well-sourced and now claims that the rapper is dead from an overdose.
The blog explains how Payroll came to be a name in Chicago hip-hop circles:
“Payroll rose to prominence throughout the Chicago scene in the 90s and early-00s alongside his 40 Gang crew. He collaborated with many of Chicago’s legends including EC Illa, Bump J, Cap 1, Triple Darkness and many others. Perhaps Payroll’s most documented moment was his beef with Kanye West, which stemmed from Jay-Z’s ‘Neva Change’ instrumental and hook, which Payroll recorded first. The incident spurred a number of diss tracks including Payroll’s “F*ck Kanye West,” performed over Nas’ ‘Ether’ beat.”
“F*ck Kanye West” went into detail about the fact that Payroll had the beat snatched from him and given to Jay Z. While the story didn’t make waves outside of Chicago, there’s no doubt that Kanye heard him.
“Kanye is a f—ing geek, f—k what you sold the beat,” he rapped. “Don’t know the industry n–ga, but I know the streets. Ear to the curb I heard some speculation. know the streets been shoppin’ and patiently waiting.”
Beef with Kanye
The beef was so serious that there’s still a contingent of hip-hop fans who think that Kanye West wasn’t in a car accident before recording the song “Through The Wire.” The theory goes: Payroll broke Kanye’s jaw in an altercation over double-selling his beats. The story says that Payroll busted Kanye up with a champagne bottle; it reared its head late last year when a Twitter user brought it back up.
“And what’s crazy is Kanye still got the world thinking he was in a bad car accident October 2002,” the since-deleted tweets said. “All Im’a say is come to Chicagoland and ask.”
“Plenty of n*ggas in the city know what happened as well as Milwaukee n*ggas know what happened to Kanye that night,” they continued.
Forever on the ball, FSD reported the story that Kanye’s car accident was a work years before it stirred up on the internet.
Tributes Roll In
Payroll’s work with EC Illa is perhaps his most well-known music outside of his beef with Kanye West. That rapper took to social media to grieve the loss of his friend.
“This dude here was the realest,” he wrote under an image of Payroll. “Uptown makes for a tough upbringing and we bonded over our will to push forward and show the world what we had to offer.
Payroll, I love you my brother. Life was not fair to you. The music business was not fair to you either.
You deserved greatness. Your ability was greatness.May you rest in greatness.
Honored to have made music together and to call you my brother.”
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