Filed under: Flavor Unit Special,Rest In Peace,Steady Bootleggin'
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Apache, a founding member of the original Flavor Unit and cousin of Latee has passed away after years of poor health. Lord Ali Ba-Ski discussed his unfortunate condition a couple of years ago:
‘Apache is on permanent disability now. He has a bruised heart. He got his bruised heart from when he was with that label [Tommy Boy] and making all that good money, ‘cos Apache got the biggest shine – not including Naughty By Nature and Latifah and all the rest of ‘em – but as far as the original Flavor Unit cats? He got the biggest shine outta all of us, as far as money. I mean he had a $250,000 budget with his label, see. And Apache did show after show after show. He was getting triple what Chill Rob was getting for a show. He used to get anywhere from 7 G’s to 20 G’s a show! He went through some money. This guy used to get so high and drunk – his whole thing was a big ‘ol party. Then he bloated all the way up to 300 and something pounds, and mind you he’s like only 5′9″, 5′10″. He blew up to 300 pounds and the guys almost bed-ridden from getting so big, and then he went up and down.’
Another sad loss for the hip-hop community…
The Flavor Unit – ‘Flavor Unit Assassination Squad (Remix)’
Maybe the best posse cut of all time that isn’t called ‘The Symphony’, and a reminder of how dope Latifah was back when she was rapping full-time. This is the remix that Tim Westwood premiered on his radio show way back when.
Apache – ‘I Feel Like Flowing’
One of Apache’s first tracks (which he called a ‘demo’ in an interview) that appeared on The 45 King Presents…The Flavor Unit album.
Apache & Lakim Shabazz – ‘Smooth Yet Hard’
A classic remix of ‘Passing The Mic’ from 45 King‘s Rhythmical Madness LP.
Apache – ‘Tonto’
Some good old fashioned rapping about your junk.
Naughty By Nature feat. Apache & Lakim Shabazz – ‘1,2,3’
Treach and them were late additions to the Flavor Unit crew, but they didn’t forget to let two of the founding members get some shine on their break-out Tommy Boy debut.
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