Remembering Freaky Tah – Lost Boyz 4 Life

Through the years, rap has been a cartoonish exaggeration of real life. If you hustled a little bit for one summer, on one corner; then you could go to the studio, throw a beat on, get in the booth and become a kingpin. I think it’s something that fans have grown to accept. I mean, it is entertainment, right?

It’s for that reason that I always appreciated the Lost Boyz—they did the complete opposite.

If you’re from NYC, then you know the four-man group had strong street ties as the rap extension of the Lost Boyz street crew. But in their music, Mr. Cheeks, Freaky Tah, Pretty Lou and Spigg Nice never glorified the street shit. Instead, their music was storied reflections of the unfortunate circumstances that they had seen coming up. That’s why it was so tragic when Freaky Tah was fatally shot 11 years ago today, on March 28, 1999.

I never had the chance to meet Tah, but I did see The LBz perform once at Club Amazura in Queens years ago as a teen (don’t ask me how I got in).

Now I’m not proclaiming to be the biggest Lost Boyz fan, no that distinct goes to my man Brian “B.Dot” Miller, but I did have a deep appreciate for them and the hits that they provided. “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimas and Benz,” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless,” “Renee” and “Me and My Crazy World” are undeniable. I honestly feel that if Freaky Tah had not been murdered, LB would’ve had countless more hits under their belt.

Granted, Tah didn’t rap much [who remembers his verse from Mic Geronimo’s “Masta I.C. (Remix)"?], but he added magic to the track. It was clear that something was missing when Cheeks went solo on the John P. Kelly album.

Don’t get me wrong, if you throw “Lights, Camera, Action” on in the club, that shit bangs, but I can’t help but to wonder if it would’ve been hotter with Tah’s signature ad-libs. They even went as far as to get some randos to blurt out “I’m sorry Mrs. Jackson” to back-up Cheeks’ vocals on the hook, but it just wasn’t the same.

The one thing about hip-hop is that we always salute our fallen soldiers. The Notorious B.I.G., ’Pac, Eazy-E, Big L, Big Pun, ODB, et al., all deserve to be honored. And maybe Freaky Tah, didn’t have the same stature of those aforementioned artists, but he deserves props as well.

Being a hype-man on a rap track is a lost art, word to Flavor Flav. Shit, it’s funny to me that new rap groups don’t even have hype-men anymore. Well, one thing is for sure, there will never be another Freaky Tah. Now pardon me as I throw on “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimas and Benz” and do the LB dance!

Rest in peace. Haaaaaaaaaaaa *in my Freaky Tah voice* —Rob Markman, The Deputy!

  • YOM

    REST IN PEACE TO Freaky Tah!

    • GEE

      R.I.P my nigga one queens nigga 2 another.

  • turbanxl

    R.I.P Freaky Tah !!!

  • BIG D

    R.I.P Freaky Tah. yo i love the lost boyz. i just wanna shout out to my homie Todd L Penny (R.I.P.) for geting me hooked on the LBz the world will never be the same..

  • Blaffer

    FREE SPIGG NICE

  • 315mike99

    R.I.P. Freaky Tah

  • Stuckfresh

    r.i.p! Big Fan

  • anutha_level

    ….damn, it’s been that long? i feel old as fuck! rest my dude.

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      NO SHIT, DAMN… RIP FREAKY TAH LB WAS THE SHIT… SOME DIE WITH A NAME, SOME DIE NAMELESS…

  • southside stress

    I remember seeing Tah in lincoln park every weekend, R.I.P. 2 the greatest hype man ever

  • http://www.myspace.com/GulleeBoy Tha Truth

    R.I.P. FREAKY TAH….I REMEMBER WHEN HE GOT KILLT, HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING ON A SOLO ALBUM, I WAS READY TO BUY THAT JOINT TOO

  • G*SW1FT

    DAMN I’M FROM DA WEST COAST BUT BACC THEN WHEN I WAS LIVING IN D.C. DA LOST BOYZ WAS POPPIN CICA (’94-96) THEY WERE ALWAYS HYPED & FREAKY TAH WAS AN ENIGMATIC HYPE MAN IN SHOWS VIDEO’S & ETC …. HE WILL NEVA BE FORGOTTEN WE MUST STOP KILLIN OUR PEOPLE OVER SINCELESS VIOLENCE R.I.P. & LOWKEY DATS LLYOLD BANKS UNCLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/ancientworksmusic Pocket Science

    Real Sh*T, Lost Boyz Made You feel them!!!
    R.I.P Freaky Tah, Love from Chi city

  • capcobra

    L.O.S.T B.O.Y.Z.

  • P. Harris

    RIP… My favorite joint of all was the “The Yearn” with Pete Rock… Tah verse was bananas back then and made me hype as hell!!!

  • mane

    fuck this nigga mane…….its new niggas out….its bout tha south nah……fuck all yall hip hop nerds

    • sparkcity911

      I knew some magget would pop up with some bullish..LISTEN HERE CRAB im from S.C. my nig
      an L.B. GOT MAD SPIN AROUND MY WAY YO.
      WATUP SPARKCITY…FUCK YOU SLOW,INBREED,DIRTY OLD SOUTH NIGGAS.

      NEW SOUTH STAND UP…

  • Sincere

    @ mane nigga fuck u ur mother sister aunt cousin father brother uncle u piece of shit hope u die slow…

    @ the rest of board sorry bout that but that nigga is a piece of shit. huge lost boyz. remember spending the summer at my cousin’s and seeing Tah and Cheeks on Guy Brew regularly. so that shit really pissed me off.

    R.I.P. Tahlik LB 4 Life
    Some Die With A Name Some Die Nameless

  • GEE

    R.I.P MY NIGGA ONE LOVE 2 DA LB FAM.

  • http://xxl.com BZ

    All i got to say is……ONE….TWOO…THREEEEEE..THOUSAND PROBLEMS!!!!!!!

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    Yeah crazy shit…That is something to reminisce to…

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  • Esco LBF

    Lost boyz fam for life 131 backstreetz rip freaky tah

  • http://yahoo.com Robert Chestnut

    My blood line is from N.Y.and from the first time i heard the LB i knew i was home from the year of 86 it was a rap.Tah was that kat that you needed on your squad even if cheeks was the lead rap star tah was the mannnnnnnnnn period.I heard he was killed i was at a basket ball game it hit me so hard i had to come out of the game one kat asked me what was the deal and i said tah was killed he just looked at me he knew that i was a LB FA Na TIC my man is gone and 4 what?