In a somber turn of events, the rap community is grappling with yet another loss, reinforcing the age-old adage that deaths often come in threes. Following the recent passing of esteemed figure “The Black Godfather” Clarence Avant and the unfortunate demise of Timbaland’s long-time collaborator Magoo, the Hip-Hop world is now faced with the sorrowful news of the death of Junior Mafia affiliate Chico Del Vec.
Hip-Hop luminary Special Ed took to social media to share the heartbreaking news, posting, “Just got a call. Rest in Peace Chico Del Vec. Junior Mafia.” While the exact details surrounding his passing remain limited, Special Ed revealed, “I don’t have much details other than they found him in his room.”
Junior M.A.F.I.A., a collective formed in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood by the legendary The Notorious B.I.G., holds a significant place in Hip-Hop history. The acronym M.A.F.I.A. stands for “Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes.” Their 1995 debut album “Conspiracy” achieved considerable success, fueled by hits like “Player’s Anthem” (reaching No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100) and “Get Money” (No. 17). Notably, the group played a pivotal role in launching Lil’ Kim’s illustrious solo career.
After the tragic murder of The Notorious B.I.G. in 1997, the group disbanded, but Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Cease continued on their solo paths. In 2005, three members united for a second album under the Junior M.A.F.I.A. banner, honoring the group’s legacy.
Chico Del Vec. made an appearance in a 2012 episode of VH1’s “Behind The Music” dedicated to Biggie. His controversial remarks in 2014 about Biggie’s son, Christopher Wallace Jr., stirred controversy as he suggested Wallace Jr. might be gay. Chico cited a photograph showing Wallace Jr. hugging another man from behind during his high school graduation, sparking a debate and heated criticism.
While Chico’s passing is mourned by the Hip-Hop community, the cause of his death remains undisclosed. This story is unfolding, and further details are awaited.
Derek Chan – Editor