Legendary Rapper Grand Daddy I.U. Dies At 54

Grand Daddy I.U. a member of early rap label Cold Chillin’ Records, has died at the age of 54 In the late 80s.

GDIU was signed on Cold Chillin’ along with Big Daddy KaneKool G RapRoxanne Shanté and Biz Markie, the latter rap legend having a huge part in shaping his career pushing his demo to the label and even producing every song on GDIU’s first album: 1990’s “Smooth Assassin.”

The album spawned a pair of Billboard rap hits in the singles “Something New” and “Sugar Free” helping solidify the genre on the charts long before the days of streaming and Super Bowl-sized endorsements for rappers.

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