Can we please have a moment of silence for Flavor Unit rapperApache.
The '90s-era MCdiedon Jan. 22 from a prolonged, undisclosed illness. News of his death was firstreported on Twitterfrom DJ Kid Capri.
Apache (real name Anthony Teaks) first appeared on the 1990 compilation album 45 King Presents The Flavor Unit. But he will be mostly remembered for his street hit "Gangsta Bitch," which was produced by Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest. The track appeared on Apache's 1992 debut album Apache Ain't Shit (Tommy Boy Records), which also features the follow-up single, "Do Fa Self."
Shakim Compere, CEO and Co-founder of Flavor Unit Records, says Apache was an integral member of the Flavor Unit crew. "Without Apache, there would have been no Queen Latifah, no Naughty By Nature, no Chill Rob G., no anything," he told AllHipHop.com. "Apache was the string that tied all of Flavor Unit together. Without Apache none of this would be."
In an 1997 interview with rap blog Unkut!, Lord Ali Ba-Ski (aka The Human Body Chart), one of the founding members of the Flavor Unit, explains Apache's long history of health problems:
'Apache is on permanent disability now. He has a bruised heart. He got his bruised heart from when he was with that label [Tommy Boy] and making all that good money, ['cause] Apache got the biggest shine -- not including Naughty By Nature and Latifah and all the rest of 'em -- but as far as the original Flavor Unit cats?
This guy used to get so high and drunk -- his whole thing was a big 'ol party. Then he bloated all the way up to 300 and something pounds, and mind you he's like only 5'9", 5'10". He blew up to 300 pounds and the guys almost bed-ridden from getting so big, and then he went up and down.'
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