Brixton rapper Ty Chijioke dies after losing coronavirus battle


Brixton Buzz is saddened to learn that Brixton MC, producer and hip-hop artist Ben Chijioke – better known as Ty – died after a long battle with COVID-19.

Last month, we reported that a fundraiser was launched after Ty was admitted to hospital for medical complications related to Covid-19.

Shortly after, he was placed in a medically induced coma to temporarily put his body to sleep while he received the appropriate treatment.

There was hope that he would have overcome the worst after being withdrawn from intensive care and returned to normal duty.

Unfortunately, his death was confirmed today by one of his press teams. He was only 47 years old.


The Guardian listed some of his accomplishments:

He drew wider attention with 2003’s Upwards, a brighter and more commercial album which was nominated alongside Amy Winehouse and Streets for the Mercury Prize the following year – it was ultimately won by Franz Ferdinand.

He then recorded three other solo albums, the most recent being A Work of Heart in 2018.

In 2019, he formed a British hip-hop supergroup called Kingdem with rappers Blak Twang and Rodney P, who performed acclaimed free style by DJ Charlie Sloth in the Booth series. Blak Twang wrote that he was “so numb” after Chijioke’s death.

Over the years, he has also collaborated with De La Soul, Soweto Kinch, Roots Manuva and more.

Fans and friends went on Twitter to pay tribute to Ty:


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