US rapper, Jordan Antonio Stamps, better known as Bad Azz, has mysteriously died in prison at the age of 43.
The rapper, a friend of Snoop Dogg – the “legendary freestyler,” was reportedly jailed for domestic violence at the time of his death.
TheSun reports that his death is yet to be revealed how he died at the Southwest Detention Center in Riverside, California.
Snoop Dogg and other rap legend paid tributes to Bad Azz on social media.
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Having been part of Snoop Dogg’s LBC (Long Beach City) crew and briefly signed to his record label, Snoop shared a snap of his old friend with the caption “gone too soon.”
Rapper Biz Markie wrote: “RIP Bad Azz, the original one from the Eastside, who put it down with Snoop and the LBC Crew.
“A legendary freestyler and unsung G-Funk linchpin, who dropped a series of classic lowriding anthems that made every summer BBQ and blunt cruise that much funkier.”
The musician released his debut solo album, World on tha Streets in 1998 and also worked with Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and Warren G.
According to what appear to be prison records posted to Twitter, Bad Azz was due to appear in court on Wednesday.