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C-Knight, Member of G-Funk Rap Crew Dove Shack, Dies at 52

C-Knight, a founding member of Long Beach G-funk rap crew Dove Shack, has died at age 52. The news was confirmed by TMZ on Tuesday (Nov. 7), when a member of the rapper’s family reportedly told the gossip site that the MC born Arnez Blount had died that day after being taken off life support several weeks after suffering a stroke; at press time Billboard could not independently confirm the details of Knight’s death.

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The site earlier reported that Knight’s father said his son was hospitalized on October 18 after his blood sugar drastically spiked due to diabetes. The rapper reportedly subsequently suffered a stroke and went into cardiac arrest while getting dialysis in the hospital, was resuscitated and put on life support in an unresponsive state that he never re-emerged from.

Knight was best known for his smooth flow as part of the Long Beach, CA crew — which also featured rappers B-Roc and 2Scoops — whose affiliation with g-funk icon Warren G. manifested on the song “This Is the Shack” on G’s 1994 classic debut album Regulate… G Funk Era album; the song also served as Dove Shack’s public debut.

In 1995, the trio released their full-length debut, also titled This Is The Shack, on G-Funk Entertainment/Def Jam Recordings; the album peaked at No. 68 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The collection spawned one charting single, the slow-rolling “Summertime in the LBC,” which hit No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after being featured in the 1995 hip-hop doc The Show. In addition to the Warren G-produced “This Is the Shack,” the group’s debut featured two songs produced by Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay (“Bomb Drop,” “East Side Party”).

C-Knight released the solo album Knight Time in 2001 and Dove Shack issued their second, and final, album, Reality Has Got Me Tied Up, in 2006.

B-Roc paid tribute to his fallen comrade in an Instagram post featuring a picture of the two and the message, “This is like f–king nightmare I swear this s–t hurt different and I don’t want to talk about s–t to nobody so please just let me be and pray for us… On my soul I love you bro and I already don’t know what the f–k to do wit u being gone.”

Watch the “Summertime in the LBC” video below.

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