Boss (rapper)
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Boss Rapper
Lichelle Laws
Born (1969-08-14) August 14, 1969 (age 49)
OriginDetroit, Michigan, United States
GenresHip hop
LabelsDef Jam West, Chaos, Columbia, SME Records (1992-1995)
8055 Records (2004-2006)

Boss (born Lichelle Laws, August 14, 1969) is an American gangsta rapper from Detroit, Michigan. Her debut album, Born Gangstaz, reached number three on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 1993. Her name is sometimes stylized as Bo$$.

Personal life and career

Born in Detroit to an autoworker father and teacher mother, both church deacons,[1][2] Laws relocated to Los Angeles after graduating high school, accompanied by her DJ Irene 'Dee' Moore. She was spotted by DJ Quik who stuck her on a track with AMG. Russell Simmons liked the track and promptly signed her to Def Jam West.[3] Her debut album Born Gangstaz was released in 1993,[4] and the singles, "Deeper" and "Recipe for a Hoe", hit number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.[5]

Laws' fledgling career took a major blow in 1994 when she was interviewed by a reporter from The Wall Street Journal. The reporter revealed that she grew up in a middle-class neighbourhood (on the West Side, near Eight Mile, Detroit), studied ballet and piano, and attended Catholic private school (where she was a cheerleader), before majoring in business for two years at Oakland University.[6][7][8][9]

In the mid-1990s, she moved to Dallas, Texas, and went on to be a radio DJ. In 2001, she collaborated with Krayzie Bone on his album Thug On Da Line. In 2004, she released a mixtape titled The Six Million Dollar Mixtape produced by Def Jef.[10]

It was revealed in May 2011 that Laws is in need of a kidney due to her suffering from renal disease, a disease that rendered her kidneys useless for processing toxins in her body. Laws reached out to the Facebook community for a potential donor. A donor is yet to be found.[11]


Studio albums

Year Title Peak chart positions
1993 Born Gangstaz 22 3

Collaborative albums

  • Doin Everythang (with Esham, Poe Whosaine & Doc Hollywood Hustle as D.E.T.) (2008)[12]


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
R&B Rap Dance Born Gangstaz
1993 "Deeper" 65 28 1 25
"Recipe of a Hoe" 118[A] 73 1 29

Songs in soundtracks

Boss' song "I Don't Give A Fuck" featured as the Closing Credits song of the episode "Lesbian Request Denied" from Season 1 of the Netflix TV show Orange Is the New Black.[13]


  1. ^ Smith, Brian. "Music: Same as the old Boss". Metro Times. Retrieved .
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  3. ^ Smith, Brian. "Music: Same as the old Boss". Metro Times. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Andy Kellman. "Born Gangstaz". Allmusic. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Rap Music: Top Rap Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved .
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  7. ^ Smith, Brian. "Music: Same as the old Boss". Metro Times. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Pants On Fire: Hip-Hop's Most Exposed Liars". Complex. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved .
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  10. ^ Jost, Matt (30 November 2004). "The Six Million Dollar Mixtape Review". Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Steven. "Rapper Bo$$ In Need Of Kidney Transplant". Hip Hop DX. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ "Doin Every Thang by D.E.T".
  13. ^ "Orange is the New Black Music - Season 1: "Lesbian Request Denied" - TuneFind". 11 July 2013. Retrieved 2014.

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