Redman has shared a throwback post dedicated to his blood cousin Tame One, who passed away earlier this week.
“I don’t usually run to the internet to post news like this when I’m in the middle of feeling it… but we’re gonna give this Jersey legend his muthafuckin flowers!” she wrote. “Keep your head @el_da_sensei #RIPTameOne #Artifacts #LegendsNeverDie #BrickCity #JerseyShit #YouHadToBeOutside.”
As the tributes poured in for the 52-year-old, Redman took a moment to shout out his “cuzzo” with a carousel of photos of the two family members relaxing together. “REST IN POWER CUZZO,” Redman wrote. ‘1970-2022. Rahem Brown ‘TAME ONE’ Photos by Chimodu. Rest in power!”
Among the other rap legends to share their condolences were Statik Selektah, who praised the Artifacts to keep the art of graffiti alive.
“If you’ve ever tagged your name with a magnum marker, then you were connected to what Artifacts is to us,” his post read. “Tame a Rip”
Fellow New Jersian Just Blaze also gave a heartfelt shoutout to Tame, calling the late rapper a “hometown hero”
“RIP my big brother and hometown hero Tame One @tamerdizzle of the mighty Artifacts / Boom Skwad,” he wrote on Instagram. “He and @____.senseifromnj were the first 2 signed artists to ever rhyme on anything of mine back in the Pipeline nightclub days in Newark thanks to @maliqmania and @black45nj_, along with Outsidaz shortly after that.
“That event gave me the confidence and belief that I could possibly do this music thing for real. Fast forward almost 30 years later and I’m proud to call him a friend and still a fan.”
Formed in Newark, New Jersey, The Artifacts consisted of Tame One, El Da Sensei and DJ Kaos. Also known as “The Brick City Kids,” the trio dropped their debut Between a rock and a hard place on October 25, 1994.
The project was critically acclaimed for its b-boy and graffiti motifs, and Artifacts followed it up with their sophomore project, It is them on April 15, 1997. The group broke up shortly after its release.
In terms of solo records, Tame One released six albums, three mixtapes and three collaborations and even formed a group of super producers called The Weathermen in 1998 consisting of Cage Kennylz, Masai Bey, Aesop Rock, Yak Ballz, El-P, Jakki Tha Motamouth, Camu Tao , Copywrite, Vast Aire and Breeze Brewin.
In better news, Redman finally began the rollout for his long-awaited project Muddy Waters 2 over the summer and dropped first single “So Cool” in July. The project would serve as the long-awaited follow-up to his 1996 album Muddy Waters. No release date has been announced yet.