If you grew up in Atlanta during the early to mid-2000s, then you know that Dem Franchize Boyz was a crucial addition to the sound of hip-hop down South. Sadly, DFB member Gerald “Buddie” Tiller passed away from cancer, according to the group’s Instagram post.
“R.I.P. Buddie you Will be Missed #demfranchizeboyz.”
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Jermaine Dupri, who signed DFB to his So So Def label in 2005, expressed his thoughts on the MC’s death via Instagram. “???? “They call me Doctor Doc I prescribe what a nigga need” #ripbuddy may your soul rest easy #demfranchiseboyz. #fuckcancer.”
Da Brat and fellow group member Parlae also sent their condolences to the rapper. DFB is best known for their hit singles, “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It,” and “I Think They Like Me.” Both tracks appeared on the act’s debut project On Top of Our Game.