Reports: Well-known West Coast rapper died while in custody in Murrieta

Jamaal Stamps, AKA Bad Azz, has reportedly died while in custody in a Murrieta jail, according to multiple reports. Courtesy Instagram: @badazzlbc

MURRIETA — A well-known rapper who collaborated with some of the West Coast’s biggest hip-hop artists during the 1990s died while in the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on Monday at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

“On Monday, November 11, 2019, at 5:01 AM, correctional staff from the Cois Byrd Detention Center were conducting a security check when they located a male inmate inside a cell by himself in need of medical attention,” said Deputy Robyn Flores, Public Information Officer. “Deputies immediately summoned medical staff and life-saving measures were performed on (Jamarr) Stamps. Fire personnel arrived shortly after and continued life-saving measures. Despite life-saving measures, Stamps was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

According to court records, Stamps, 43, who goes by the name Bad Azz and was a part of Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips based out of Long Beach in the 1990s, was arrested on Friday in Wildomar where he was living and was held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to jail records. Stamps was on probation for a 2017 domestic violence charge. He pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to three years of probation, according to court records.

“Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau responded and assumed the investigation, she continued. “There are no signs of foul play surrounding Stamps’ death and the investigation remains ongoing.”

Flores said the cause of death will be determined by the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau and anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Investigator Justin Rinkert at 951-922-7300.

Stamps released four solo albums during his career and featured on two collaborative records with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Tupac, Bizzy Bone, The Lady of Rage, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and others.

Snoop Dogg wrote:
“Damn ?. R. I. P. To my young. D. P. G. L. L. G. L. B. C. Crew original @badazzlbc gone 2 soon.”

Daz Dillinger also wrote:



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