Just weeks after the tragic passing of hip-hop icon Heavy D, Conscious Daughters‘ rapper Special One reportedly passed away over the weekend.
Details of One’s passing hit the Internet over the weekend.
The world of music and the Bay Area hip-hop scene, in particular, lost a Special One this weekend. Karryl Smith, half of the East Oakland-bred group the Conscious Daughters, better known as Special One, passed away on December 10. Her cause of death is unknown at this time. (RapFix)
The late rapper’s sidekick Carla “CMG” Green also confirmed the death.
“Thank you to everyone for your prayers I need them. I am sick over the loss of my sister. The cause of death is still unknown but I will try to share info when I get it. Pray for me and Karryl’s other sisters Jessica and Tonya. We are all together trying to get through this.” (Facebook)
Radio personality Davey D took to Twitter and shared his reaction to the news.
“To those of us who knew Special One and to her family and her partner CMG who found her in the apt.. Hugs, prayers & support..,” he tweeted December 11th. (Davey D’s Twitter)
As a duo, Special One made waves in the music industry for two decades.
Karryl “Special One” Smith was one half of the popular San Francisco hip-hop duo, the Conscious Daughters. Smith formed the act with Carla “CMG” Green in 1992, and within a year, they were signed to Paris’ label, Scarface Records. Their first album, 1994’s Ear To The Street, included their first hit, “Somethin’ to Ride (Fonky Expedition).” They went on to secure a deal with the iconic Priority Records who released their follow-up, Gamers, which landed on the Billboard charts and sold upwards of 300,000 copies. More releases followed, including 2011’s The Jane Of All Trades. Special One was reportedly found dead inside her home on December 10, 2011. (The Music Over)
Check out Conscious Daughters’ “Funky Expedition” below: