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Payroll, a veteran of Chicago‘s Hip-Hop scene, has died. Although speculation was high that he was murdered, the rapper reportedly suffered a drug overdose according to family sources.

Fake Shore Drive exclusively reports:

Payroll rose to prominence throughout the Chicago scene in the 90s and early-00s alongside his 40 Gang crew. He collaborated with many of Chicago’s legends including EC Illa, Bump J, Cap 1, Triple Darkness and many others. Perhaps Payroll’s most documented moment was his beef with Kanye West, which stemmed from Jay-Z’s “Neva Change” instrumental and hook, which Payroll recorded first. The incident spurred a number of diss tracks including Payroll’s “Fuck Kanye West,” performed over Nas’ “Ether” beat.

We offer our sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family of Payroll during this tragic time. He will be missed and his contributions to the Chicago hip-hop scene will never be forgotten.

Rest In Power, Payroll.

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