Dangerous Dame: The Pioneer Oakland Rapper Has Reportedly Passed Away

Too $hort reported the death on Instagram Thursday (Jan. 26).

Oakland, California rapper and frequent Too $hort collaborator Dangerous Dame has reportedly passed away.

On Thursday (Jan. 26), $hort took to Instagram to report Dame’s death. At this time, no cause of death has been released.

“RIP Dangerous Dame. You definitely 100% put on for The Town. If yall listen to my song “short but funky” on the short dog’s in the house album….. Dame wrote that song for me,” $hort said in the caption of a picture showcasing Dame. “You see him in the old school 2Short videos & I even re recorded his song “stay with me”. RIP my nigga. We gone bump yo music for life.”

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Born Damon Edwards, Dame was part of $hort’s group Dangerous Crew, who released their self-titled album in 1988.

According to Stereogum, Dame was signed to Atlantic Records during a time when Bay Area rappers struggled to receive national distribution. In 1990, Dame released his major label debut I Got What You Want. By 1994 he had released two more independent projects: 1990’s Same Olé Dame and 1994’s Make Room 4 Daddy.

During a 2010 interview, Dame voiced that he wants to stay “influenced” and “ambitious” as he remained musically active.

“I love rap because it’s here for us,” he said as a message to the Bay Area.

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