Today in Hip-Hop: R.I.P. KL of Screwball
On this day, March 28, in hip-hop history…
2008: KL, real name Kenny Lou, passed away on March 28, 2008 from an asthma attack. The words of DJ Premier upon his death still ring true today: “His hardcore delivery and raspy voice was well known in many circles...He is already up in ghetto heaven, so his music will live through all of us that love him.”
Screwball is best known for their 2000 single “H-O-S-T-Y-L-E,” which originally appeared on Y2K The Album. KL, along with Blaq Poet, Solo and Hostyle, was the member of the group who had a distinctively aggressive rhyming style. He shined on the group’s next single, produced by DJ Premier, called “F.A.Y.B.A.N. (Fuck You Bitch Ass Niggas).”
The group also had other efforts including 2001’s Loyalty and 2004’s Screwed Up. They worked with other hip-hop producers such as Pete Rock, The Beatnuts and Marley Marl.
For his fans, friends and family, we give a salute to KL. Rest in peace.
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