Grand Daddy I.U., a rapper, producer, and media host, passed away unexpectedly.
What Happened to Grand Daddy I.U?
A key member of the early rap label Cold Chillin' Records, Grand Daddy I.U., passed away at the age of 54. The rapper's friend DJ Chuck Chillout helped spread the word about it by posting it on his Facebook page. They recently hung out in late November.
Additionally, Longtime supporter of GDIU's lyrical abilities and renowned hip-hop producer Pete Rock confirmed to his fans that the Queens-born rapper passed away quietly in his sleep.
GRAND DADDY IU YOU WERE A GREAT PERSON AND IM SAD RIGHT NOW. pic.twitter.com/UZw3LrABBq
— PETEROCK.COM (@PeteRock) December 13, 2022
Who was Grand Daddy I.U.?
Ayub Bey, better known by his stage name Grand Daddy I.U., was an American rapper who was a part of the Juice Crew hip-hop group in the 1980s. He died on December 13, 2022.
Grand Daddy I.U. Career
Grand Daddy I.U. was an MC who rose to prominence on the legendary label Cold Chillin' Records in the late 1980s. After receiving Grand Daddy I.U.'s demo tape via his peer's brother, the late Biz Markie was crucial in getting him signed.
Two popular songs came from I.U.'s debut album, Smooth Assassin. “Sugar Free” peaked at No. 9, while “Something New” reached its highest position at No. 11. I.U. was included in Nore's Top 5 Dead or Alive in 2008.
“He's always been one of the best emcees I've appreciated from that late '80s/early '90s era,” he stated. If you look closely, the album cover for Jay-Reasonable Z's Doubt recalls that of I.U.'s album, Smooth Assassin, when he was wearing the same costume. One of the most lyrical and wordplay-savvy emcees was Grand Daddy I.U. Young artists like Murda Mook are unaware that Grand Daddy I.U. was the father of much of their sound.
In the 1990s, Grand Daddy I.U. went on to make guest appearances on a number of hip-hop albums, including Positive K's The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills and Big L's Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous.
He released his sophomore album, Lead Pipe, in 1994 after breaking up with Markie. Stick to the Script, Grand Daddy I.U.'s third album, was released in 2007. In July 2021, his most recent song, “Stay Fly,” was released.
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Being a producer
He worked as a producer for Das EFX, Heltah Skeltah, Ice-T, KRS-One, and other artists. He would frequently show up at AllHipHop gatherings as well. He most recently worked as a media celebrity and gave interviews that were widely publicised on Facebook.
Grand Daddy I.U. Cause of Death
“Rest in power King. Hip Hop was in your DNA. @granddaddy_iu Thank You for your contribution,” LL Cool J also stated on Instagram. Method Man commented on LL's post: “Long Island Legend … rest in power King.” Busta Rhymes said, “Waking up to this crazy, RIP ALMIGHTY GDIU!!”
Grand Daddy I.U. cause of death was not disclosed yet. There are no information available about Grand Daddy I.U. cause of death.
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Grand Daddy I.U. Net Worth
His actual Net Worth is known, however, he is reported to have a net worth around $1 million.