R.I.P. Marlon Brando (1979 – 2001)

Today (May 11) makes 11 years since the passing of Marlon “Brando” Bryant. One third of the group Sporty Thievz, the rapper was 22-years-old when he was tragically killed on May 10, 2001.

According to reports from Sporty Thievz’ DJ Gehai, Brando was struck by a minivan after walking out of a deli wee hours in the morning. The minivan reportedly ran a red light, jumped a curb and fatally slammed into him.

Over a decade later, Brando’s legacy continues to live on through his music.  With his partners, King Kirk and Big Dubez, the Sporty Thievz crew released their debut LP, Street Cinema in 1998 which featured the modest lead single “Cheapskate (You Ain’t Gettin’ Nada).” However, it wasn’t until the album’s second single, “No Pigeons,” that the group received proper notoriety. The single would become a ten 10 Billboard hit and score a gold plaque for sales over  500,000 copies.

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P. Marlon.—XXL Staff

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  • Knowledge

    R.I.P. BRANDO. Real Talk, Not just “Street Cinema” but the Sporty Thievz as a whole were vastly ahead of their era. Till this day, listening to “Spy Hunters” still gets me hyped.