Rapper Tame One of Artifacts has died
Tame One is a well-known rapper. The death of a famous Artifacts figure has been reported. He was 52.
Rah Digga, another New Jersey Hip-Hop legend, expressed her sadness over the loss of her friend and colleague Tame on Sunday night (November 6).
“I usually don’t race to the internet to post news like this when I’m in the middle of feeling it…
but we gonna give this Jersey legend his muthafuckin flowers!! Hold your head @el_da_sensei ❤️,” Rah Digga posted as a caption to a photo of Tame One. “#RIPTameOne #Artifacts #LegendsNeverDie #BrickCity #JerseyShit #YouHadToBeOutside.”
Along with fellow Jersey native El Da Sensei, Artifacts rose to prominence in the early 1990s thanks to their freestyles on the Stretch & Bobbito radio show and subsequent success with their single “Wrong Side Of The Tracks,” published on Big Beat/Atlantic Records. Their reputations as graffiti writers were apparent not just in their lyrical and graphic prowess, but also in their mic skills. Between a Rock and a Hard Place was their first album, and That’s Them came out in 1997.
However, the duo’s commitment to traditional Hip-Hop values earned them a place in Hip-Hop fans’ hearts despite their lack of mainstream success. Redman’s cousin Tame also released a string of solo albums, some of which featured partnerships with Cage (as the Leak Bros) and the Weathermen (Cage, Camu Tao, et al.). A longstanding DJ at Artifacts, Kaos, died in 2019.