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Last Of A Dying Breed

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For O.G. rap pioneer MC Breed (real name Eric T. Breed).

The Flint, Michigan native died Saturday (Nov. 22) at a friend's home, according to his manager Darryl Morris. No further information was provided on what caused his death. Prior to his passing, the 37-year-old rhyme-spitter had been hospitalized in September with kidney failure and was placed on life support for 2 days. His condition had improved and MC Breed was eventually released from the hospital.

MC Breed was the first commercially successful rapper to come out of the Midwest one of the first independent artists from the Midwest to garner national radio and video airplay with his 1991 hit, "Ain't No Future in Yo' Frontin'," and later with "Gotta Get Mine" (featuring 2Pac). "Yo, that was my fuckin' nigga," Obie Trice told HipHopDX. "[It's a] sad day for hip-hop."

Fellow old-school rapper Boss, who is a Detroit native and was a flagship artist of Russell Simmons' Def Jam West label, reflected on her longtime friend and fellow artist:

"Breed was not only a pioneer of Detroit hip-hop, but of hip-hop as a whole," she said. "Having suffered with kidney failure myself, it is important that we as entertainers, take care of our health and promote organ donation and our communities. Breed will be greatly missed."
MC Breed recorded 13 albums in his career, including his critically-acclaimed albums 1993's The New Breed, 1994's Funkafied and his 1995 greatest-hits collection, The Best of Breed. MC Breed's first album, MC Breed & DFC (1991), was estimated to have sold 2.5 million to 4 million copies.

Carter McWright, owner of the Detroit-area record store Music Planet, called Breed "a musical legend" who was proud to represent his hometown of Flint, Michigan. "When he was 15 or 16 [years old], he would always come into the store and buy stuff," he said. "We would always shoot the breeze."

**UPDATE (11/27)**: Funeral arrangements have been set for the late rhyme-spitter MC Breed, who died Nov. 22 of kidney failure. Memorial services will take place at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan on Dec. 2. Breed is survived by his parents, Roy LeEster and Willie Breed, three siblings (Pete, Kevin and Bridgette Breed) and five children. The family request that fans of MC Breed send chartiable donations to the American Kidney Fund, which provides treatment-related financial assistance to kidney patients who are in need.

MC Breed -- "Ain't No Future in Yo' Frontin'" (Music Video)

MC Breed (featuring 2Pac) -- "I Gotta Get Mine" (Music Video)

MC Breed -- "Something 2 Smoke 2" (Music Video)

MC Breed -- "Rap Game" (Music Video)