Buddie of ATL Hip-Hop Group Dem Franchise Boyz Has Passed Away

After a long battle with cancer.

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Gerald “Buddie” Tiller of Atlanta hip-hop group Dem Franchise Boyz has passed away after a tumultuous battle with cancer. As confirmed by fellow group member Maurice “Parlae” Gleaton and Jermaine Dupri, who signed the group to his So So Def label in 2005, the hip-hop MC passed away Sunday evening.

Dem Franchise Boyz helped in propelling southern hip-hop to the forefront of popular culture, further setting the conditions necessary for the current trap-heavy music scene on display in Atlanta. Releasing hit singles such as 2005’s “White Tee” and “I Think They Like” as well as 2006’s “Lean wit it, Rock wit it,” the group flew onto the hip-hop sphere in relatively quick fashion, helping to propel ATL’s crunk-tinged “snap music” to mainstream popularity.

The group released three albums, their eponymously-named debut in 2004, On Top of Our Game in 2006, and Our World, Our Way in 2008. Following 2008, the group had a scattered run of releases including 2011’s Voltron mixtape, as well as various EPs. Last year, the hip-hop quartet was set to reunite alongside Dupri for So So Def’s 25th anniversary tour, but the event was later cancelled.

 

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@demfranchizeboyz LOST our Brother @ayeegamer Today to CANCER #RestEasyBuddie #RipWeeFli The shit we did together was World ? Changing. You was the 1 who got me to go to College & that started us on this Music wave. We became millionaire in 1 year & changed the face if music. Then we went on to start our label 10 ENT to put our lil bros in place to Win with us. You was my roommate in college, when we first start doing shows & we could only get 2 rooms @pimpinbeatz & @manjizzal already knew me & you was together. We haven’t been on the same page for a few years but the LOVE I have for you Never Ended. You don’t have to fight no mo homie #FUCKCANCER #DemFranchizeBoyz #Trendsetters #WorldChangers

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R.I.P Buddy ?????? #demfranchizeboyz

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???? “They call me Doctor Doc
I prescribe what a nigga need” #ripbuddy may your soul rest easy #demfranchiseboyz. #fuckcancer

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#RIPBUDDY #demfranchizeboyz #??cancer

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