On Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, Dem Franchize Boyz posted on Instagram that they had lost one of their own. Gerald “Buddie” Tiller passed away from cancer, according to the group.
Jermaine Dupri signed the group to his So So Def label in 2005. Their smash hit was “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It.” Dupri also spoke of Tiller’s death and suggested that he died from cancer.
On his own Instagram page, Dupri wrote, “They call me Doctor Doc I prescribe was a n**** need #ripbuddy may your soul rest easy #demfranshizeboyz #f*** cancer.”
Other rappers offered their condolences, such as Da Brat and fellow Dem Franchize Boyz member Parlae who wrote:
“LOST our Brother @ayeegamer TODAY to CANCER #RestEasyBuddie#RipWeeFli The sh** we did together was World Changing. You was the 1 who got me to go to College that started us on this Music wave. We became millionaire in 1 year changed the face of music. Then we went on to start out label 10 ENT to put our lil bros in place to Win with us.”
The rap group is probably best known for their two hits, “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It” and “I Think They Like Me,” both songs appeared on their debut album, On Top of Our Game. Dem Franchize Boyz did a mash-up of “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It” with Korn called “Coming Undone Wit It.”
In 2004, the rap group released its self-titled album with the single, “White Tee.” Producer Dupri signed Dem Franchize Boyz the following year.
The group included Parlae (Maurice Gleaton), Pimpin’ (Jamal Willingham), and Jizzal Man (Bernard Leverette). Dem Franchize Boyz were popular during the “snap music” period in the mid-2000s.
The group took a hiatus after its 2008 release of the Our World, Our Way album. Dem Franchize Boyz were part of Dupri’s So So Def 25th-anniversary concert at State Farm Arena in October.
By Jeanette Smith
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