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Atlanta mourns the untimely death of Cutty Cartel

Photo: screenshot via LaFace Records

The Atlanta music scene remains in shock following the untimely death of rapper and singer Cutty Cartel. On Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, Cutty Cartel, whose given name was Ricardo Monté Lewis, died after health complications.

The day before, Cutty Cartel was with family when he told his mother that he was not feeling well and decided to lie down, according to a source close to the family. However, he continued to feel bad and was rushed to Emory Dekalb Medical where he was treated for cardiac arrest. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.

Cutty Cartel made a name for himself as a member of the rap trio Jim Crow, which released two albums and featured group members Polow Da Don and Mr. Mo. The group released the albums Crow’s Next and Right Quick in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Cutty Cartel sang the hook on popular songs such as “85” by Youngbloodz and Big Boi, and “Some Cut” by Trillville. He also received a Grammy nomination after he was featured on Big Boi’s debut solo single, “Shutterbugg.”

Cutty Cartel had a book, new music and several other projects in the works at the time of his death.

In an official statement, his mother Phylis Lewis said, “I am thankful for all the love and support from family and longtime friends. I am at peace.”

View Jim Crow’s video “Holla at a Playa” below: