Dip Set Byrdgang member Stack Bundles was reportedly killed early Monday morning (June 11) in his hometown of Far Rockaway in the New York City borough of Queens. Police have not yet released details on the case, however DJ Envy at New York radio station Hot 97 announced on the air that Stack had been shot to death. Envy also reported that Stack was seen at New York nightclub Stereo as late as 4:30 a.m. on Monday. While he hadn’t yet attained widespread popularity, mixtape fans have been aware of Bundles’ lyrical skills for several years. The rapper, who also led his own Riot Squad crew, first began attracting major attention as a member of DJ Clue’s Desert Storm family. His work on freestyles alongside more established MCs, such as then-camp members Fabolous and Joe Budden, let the scene know immediately he could hold his own weight.
While he worked to secure a label deal, Stack released a myriad of solo mixtapes and appeared on Clue’s street CDs. Last year, he popped up on Jim Jones’ M.O.B. (Members of Byrdgang) mixtape (the same mixtape that introduced Jones’ monster smash “We Fly High”), along with the currently incarcerated Max B. Jones told MTV News last year that Stack had approached him one night in a club, and the only thing he liked more than Stack’s audacity was his skill on the mic. Jones planned to not only release Stack’s solo debut, but also to highlight him on Byrdgang releases as well. On Monday morning, MTV News reached out to a grieving Jones, who said he needed some time to get his thoughts together before speaking on the death of his friend and artist.
I really didn’t know who Stack Bundles was because I’m more of a mainstream music listener, but never-the-less this is sad to hear. RIP to Stack Bundles and my thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family at this time.
[ Source: MTV NEWS ]