Today in Hip-Hop: KL of Screwball Passed Away

On this day, March 28th, in hip-hop history…


2008: KL—real name Kenny Lou—passed away today four years ago 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.

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  • timessquare100

    RIP my nigga KL, when i moved to QB you let me in your home with your family, we went on the road packed in that van state to state, hung on the block… you was the first person to take me to Katz deli on the lower east side for those the big ass Pastrami Sanwiches, lol. I remember the first conversation we had at Tommy Boy when I told you i had asthma to, and we talked about how we dealt with it. You was to young and talented to go man. I miss you my nigga…