Rumors circulating about the alleged passing of Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck have hit the Internet as a result of an announcement made during the airing of last night’s BET Hip-Hop Awards 2010.
During the broadcast, the Wu’s Raekwon reportedly made a “rest-in-peace” reference about Deck.
Here’s what seems to have happened. During Raekwon’s performance at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards, the fellow Wu-Tang member said, “Yo stop the music Premier…yo rest in peace my brother from the Wu, Inspectah Deck.” (Now Public)
However, after further clarification, Rae was said to have been referencing his groupmate’s late mother.
That’s when people stopped listening and started freaking out. They Tweeted things like: “Inspectah Deck died??? WTF, confused right now.” But if those who started pouring some out would have listened a little longer, they would have heard Raekwon say. “His old earth. His mother. Ms. Jason Hunter. Mrs. Hunter, we love you. Rest in peace.” Yes, the Chef was talking about Inspectah Deck’s mom. See kids, this is what happen when you don’t listen. (MTV)
Raekwon also hit up Twitter to explain his remarks.
“Ppl my brother deck is alive and well someone dearly to him passed and I dedicated that to them!,” he tweeted Tuesday (October 13) night. (Raekwon’s Twitter)
Inspectah Deck is reportedly working on a new album.
Like U-God on “Dopium,” The Rebel INS is giving the sound a new genre on a remix to his spring 2010 album. The Wu-Tang Clan emcee Inspectah Deck will close 2010 with a new version of the album he released earlier this year. Manifesto: Redux will feature 12 Dubstep versions of songs that originally appeared on Manifesto, the Rebel INS’ spring album on Traffic Entertainment. The originals were produced by the likes of Alchemist and Lee Bannon. (Hip Hop DX)
Deck has contributed to over two decades worth of music as a member of The Wu-Tang Clan.
Inspectah Deck was one of the Wu-Tang Clan’s lesser-known members, despite his talent as both an MC and producer. Born Jason Hunter, Deck earned the first part of his nickname as the quiet, watchful eye in the corner; his other aliases included Rollie Fingers, Fifth Brother, and Rebel INS, the latter a graffiti name tag he used as a youngster. Deck was born in Brooklyn but grew up on Staten Island, attending school with several future Wu members. He was heard on most of the key tracks from the group’s classic 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), including the singles “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Protect Ya Neck.” He made guest appearances on most of the ensuing Wu-Tang solo projects, with particularly attention-grabbing work on Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and Genius‘ Liquid Swords. (All Music)
Check out some past footage of Inspectah Deck down below: