While his death has been confirmed, the circumstances surrounding his passing are currently unclear.
Godfather was one of seven members of the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., alongside his actual brothers Gawtti, Kobra, Monsta O, Ganxsta Ridd, E.K.A, and Murder One. The brothers first gained attention as a dance crew called the Blue City Strutters, before eventually making the transition into music, releasing their debut album New Funky Nation in 1990.
Following a number of indie projects, Boo-Yaa’s 2003 album West Koasta Nostra was among their most notable, featuring a star-studded guest list, with appearances from the likes of Eminem, B-Real, Mack 10, Kurupt, WC and Crooked I.
The group as a whole were widely respected (and feared) throughout the industry.
News of Godfather’s death shocked many West Coast veterans.
“RIP Godfather. You and BooYahTribe laid the path for us. You’re a Carson legend & moree than that; a West Coast TripleOG!” Ras Kass wrote on IG.
“Sad news. Rest in paradise OG west coast legend and icon,” wrote Paul Wall.
“Saddest news this year, the passing of a good brother OG Godfather — Booyaa Tribe,” said legendary photographer Estevan Oriol. “Sorry to hear this bad news my homies.”