Major figures from across the UK music scene have been paying tribute to Mercury prize nominated rapper Ty, who has died at the age of 47.
The Nigerian-British rapper died earlier today (May 7) from compications due to the coronavirus. His death was confirmed by one of his press team, according to The Guardian.
According to a fundraiser that was launched in early April, Ty (real name Ben Chijioke) was “admitted into the hospital with medical complications related to Covid-19. Shortly after, he was put in a medically induced coma to temporarily sedate to help his body receive the appropriate treatment”. He was moved out of intensive care in mid-April when his condition improved.
“I’m so sad about the news that @tymusic passed away today,” Gilles Peterson said in a tweet. “He was a huge part in the development of Hip Hop and spoken word in this country. An original no nonsense voice always sharp always witty. todays generation of rappers owe him a lot – a true gate opener. RIP”
I'm so sad about the news that @tymusic passed away today. He was a huge part in the development of Hip Hop and spoken word in this country. An original no nonsense voice always sharp always witty. todays generation of rappers owe him a lot – a true gate opener. RIP
— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) May 7, 2020
Born in London in 1972, Ty released his debut album ‘The Awkward’ in 2001. He followed it up in 2003 with ‘Upwards’, which was nominated for the Mercury prize the following year alongside Amy Winehouse and The Streets – it was eventually won by Franz Ferdinand.
In 2019, Ty formed hip-hop supergroup Kingdem with rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P, releasing ‘The Kingdem EP’ the same year.
More tributes have come in from the likes of Ghetts, Roots Manuva, Blak Twang and more.
“Rest my Brother. You did good,” Roots Manuva said, while Ghetts added: “Ty fly high my brother.”
Rest my Brother. You did good. @tymusic
— Roots Manuva (@rootsmanuva) May 7, 2020
Ty fly high my brother ❤️
— GHETTS (@THEREALGHETTS) May 7, 2020
Blak Twang wrote: “KING “BENEDICT OBIOMA GODWIN EVERY LITTLE STEP IS A SOVEREIGN” Forever in my heart bro… Rest well my guy…. We were blessed with your greatness.”
Akala tweeted: “Rest In Power brother @tymusic we gonna miss you big bro. Love.”
— Akala (@akalamusic) May 7, 2020
See more tributes to Ty below.
Oh man. TY. Horrible news. Rest In Power. UK music legend and loved and respected by many. So sad.
— Twin (@TwinB) May 7, 2020
One of my first remixes for @tymusic …may we all continue to have the honesty and courage he displayed in his music and in life. My heart is breaking 💔😔
Rest in power sir. Thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/oDNzwgkbIM
— Funk Butcher (@FunkButcher) May 7, 2020
Rest in peace Ty. Rapper, poet, activist and one of the finest talents the United Kingdom has ever produced. Your music will live forever oga
— Ghostpoet (@ghostpoet) May 7, 2020
— Genesis Elijah (@GenesisElijah) May 7, 2020