May 7, 2020
A pioneering force within UK hip-hop.
London rapper Ben Chijioke aka Ty has died from Covid-19 at the age of 47.
Ty released his debut solo album Awkward on Big Dada in 2001; his second LP Upwards was nominated for a 2003 Mercury prize.
He went on to release a further four albums during the course of his career, collaborating with artists including De La Soul, Tony Allen and Schoolboy Q.
Alongside his music career, Chijioke was also a member of the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, dedicated to the power of spoken word performance.
In March, Chijioke had been placed in an intensive care unit after contracting Covid-19, however weeks later his condition improved and he was moved to a normal ward.
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