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Mixtape: Pac Man – I’m Still Here

On June 21, 2010, the man known to the world as Pac Man, and by friends and family as Larry Johnson, was tragically gunned down in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. He was only 25–far too young to be taken from the world.

Pac was closely affiliated with the L.E.P. Bogus Boys, and was the unofficial/official third member of the group. Unfortunately, he was unable to witness the success of Don’t Feed Da Killaz Vol. 3 (and later Now Or Neva) by just a few months. Rumor has it, he was to play a bigger role in the group, and was to contribute heavily to DFK3. As a dedication, L.E.P. has included unreleased Pac tracks to close out each project–a tradition I’m sure they plan on continuing.

In his neighborhood of Dro City, Pac was admired as a local legend–comparable to that of Mac Dre in the Bay, and Soulja Slim in New Orleans. His music moved people, and inspired countless others to follow in his footsteps to pursue a career in music. It’s unfortunate the rest of the world will never get to witness his gift, but hopefully I’m Still Here will display some of the energy and charisma that Pac had to offer. His legacy will continue live on through friends and fellow artists like King Louie (who just got a Pac Man tat on his neck), Boss Woo and Bighomie DOE.

I’m Still Here has been circulating on the streets for the past few months, but it’s never been available digitally until now. The project had yet to be completed at the time of his death, but with 18 new tracks, it serves a solid and in-depth effort. And frankly speaking, some of this stuff is just great.

R.I.P. Pac. You will be missed.

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R.I.P. Pac Man

Saturday morning I received a phone call and a slew of emails claiming that Lil Chilla of the Synpaz was tragically murdered in Chicago. It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, which doesn’t make it any better, but it spared me from having to do an R.I.P. piece on an artist I grew up listening to. Lil Chilla is actually alive and well. Today that is not the case for another Chicago-based recording artist.

L.E.P. Bogus Boy-affiliate Pac Man has apparently passed away. Pac Man may be best known for his passionate hook on L.E.P.’s “Street Money“, was only 25 years old. Details are still emerging on the situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

Update: the Sun-Times is reporting:

About 1:52 a.m. Monday, 25-year-old Larry Johnson of 14003 Park Ave. in Lansing was shot in the 6400 block of South Ingleside Avenue in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood. He died nearly two hours later at a hospital, police said.

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