By Rahman Dukes
Three years ago today, the hip-hop industry suffered a major loss when aspiring rap artist Stack Bundles was killed outside of his Redfern Houses apartment in Far Rockaway, New York after returning home from a night of partying. Apparently, Stack was the victim of a robbery turned deadly when an unknown gunman attempted to stick him for his jewels. Anyone who knew Stack was well aware he's not the type of cat who just lays down. He was a stand-up type figure. From his rhymes to his everyday struggles, Stack kept it 100 percent all the way 'til the end.
Just like many up-and-coming New York lyricists, Stack Bundles made a name for himself on the New York mixtape circuit alongside other future greats like 50 Cent. After years of grinding, Stack was eventually noticed and scooped up by Jim Jones' Byrd Gang. Alongside Max B, Stack had the potential to be the next New York group to take a bite out of the Big Apple. I remember hearing Stack dropping freestyles on Funkmaster Flex's show. I thought to myself, 'He made it.' A spot on Flex's show was not unlike being featured in The Source's esteemed "Unsigned Hype" column back in the day: It was that stamp of approval. Stack put Queens on the map and his 'hood Far Rockaway couldn't have been happier.
Stack may be gone, but he's never forgotten. Earlier today, some of his close friends and rap peers remembered the man who wouldn't take no for an answer.
"Stack Bundles was my homie & 1 of the sickest ni&&as w/thembars I ever met.. & he aint write nothin down..EVER! He just went," said Jae Millz via Twitter. "'ll NEVER forget Stack Bundles!!!!" wrote Maino. "Stack Bundles - Gone 2 Soon. #RIP," wrote Nicki Minaj.
R.I.P Stack Bundles. Gone but never forgotten. "Squuuuaaaaaddd UPPPP!"