James Mtume, R&B singer, jazz percussionist, producer and more, most commonly known for his 1983 hit “Juicy Fruit,” which was sampled by The Notorious B.I.G. on “Juicy,” has passed away at the age of 76.
Lisa Lucas, the daughter of Mtume's late creative partner, Reggie Lucas, shared the news via Twitter, “So much loss. So much grief. Rest in power to Uncle Mtume. My late fathers partner in crime, the co-creator of the songs of my life (and about my birth!). He was essential part of the life of the man who made me, therefore me too. Gone now. He will be dearly, eternally missed.”
His cause of death has not been revealed.