Tame One, rapper in Artifacts, dies at 52

Tame One, rapper in Artifacts, dies at 52

Hip hop artist, Tame One, known for his work in the groups Artifacts and The Weathermen, dies at the age of 52.

New Jersey-based rapper, Tame One (born Rahem Brown), celebrated for his work as part of hip hop groups Artifacts and The Weathermen, died on Saturday (November 5) at 52 years old. According to reports, the artist’s mother, Darlene Brown Harris, announced his passing via Facebook the following day.

“I can’t express this any other way,” stated Darlene. “My son, Rahem Brown, Tamer Dizzle, is dead. The medical examiner says the six pharmaceutical drugs that Trinitas hospital prescribed to him last Friday, combined with the weed he smoked over this weekend…his heart simply gave out.” 

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She added: “I will not be responding to all the posts for a bit, but the hardest words I will ever post or say is, my son, my heart, is dead.”

Tame One established the group Artifacts in the early ’90s, alongside members El da Sensei and DJ Kaos. They launched their debut LP, Between A Rock And A Hard Place in 1994, featuring their hit songs Wrong Side Of Da Tracks and C’Mon With Da Git Down.

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Photo: Tame One (left) and Artifacts bandmate, El Da Sensei / Credit: Johnny Nunez; WireImage; Getty

Following Artifacts’ separation in 1997, Tame One joined rap group, The Weathermen, featuring members Aesop Rock, El-P, Copywrite, and others. After news of his tragic passing came to light, his former bandmate, EL-P posted a touching tribute on Instagram.

“I don’t even know what to say,” he began. “Rest in peace to Tame One. The Artifact, the Weathermen crew member, the leak brother, the legend, and undoubtedly the friend and family of many broken-hearted people.”


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