Tame One’s death has been mourned by several members of the Hip-Hop community. Tame, born Rahem Brown, was a co-founder of the hip-hop group The Artifacts in Newark, New Jersey, as well as a member of The Weathermen and The Leak Bros.
He was 52 years old at the time. The crew, which included El Da Sensei and DJ Kaos, released albums in the 1990s and had recently completed an album with Diggin’ In The Crates crew producer (and longtime Artifacts collaborator) Buckwild, No Expiration Date, which he had recently premiered on his Rap Is Outta Control radio show.
HipHopWired is one of the outlets reporting on Tame’s death. Tame was publicly mourned by Rah Digga, Dante Ross, and fellow Weathermen member El-P. However, no cause of death was given.
The Artifacts signed to Big Beat/Atlantic Records in the 1990s as Brick City graffiti writers. Tame was Redman’s cousin, who had helped the group’s early endeavours with production and features. They released Between A Rock And A Hard Place in 1994 and That’s Them in 1997 on Big Beat.
Despite being on a major label, both albums had an impact on the burgeoning Underground Hip-Hop movement. Tame, also known as “Encyclopedia Brown,” is known for his inventive flows and approachable subject matter, which frequently deals with everyday issues. Red was joined by Busta Rhymes, Lord Finesse, and Lord Jamar, among others.
Tame worked as a solo artist with High Times Records and later with DJ Mighty Mi’s Eastern Conference Records for releases in the 2000s, including When Rappers Attack. He later collaborated with Del The Funky Homosapien and Parallel Thought on Parallel Uni-Verses in 2009.
Tame also formed The Weathermen with El-P, Aesop Rock, Cage, Vast Aire, Copywrite, Breeze Brewin, Yak Ballz, and others. Cage and Tame 1 (as his name was sometimes stylized) formed the short-lived The Leak Bros as an E.C. side project in the mid-2000s.
Cannibal Ox, U-God of the Wu-Tang Clan, and The Artifacts Sharpen Lyrical Blades with Black Milk (Audio). The Artifacts had recently reunited. In 2019, DJ Kaos passed away.