The Atlanta music community is expressing their condolences for the family and friends of Natina Reed, the spunky spitter of ’90s girl group Blaque, who has passed away.
The 32-year-old female rapper was said to be involved in a hit-and-run accident late Friday night (Oct. 26) in Atlanta. Songwriter/producer Isaac Hayes III was one of the first to tweet the news, posting “R.I.P. Natina Reed of the Group Blaque. Killed by a Hit & Run last night. So sad.”
Reed was a protegee of TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, whose tragic death was also at the hands of a car accident in 2002. Left Eye championed the pop/R&B trio, known for their hits “808” and “Bring It All To Me,” even signing them to her production company, Left Eye Productions. Natina is also remembered for her role in the 2000 cheerleader chick flick Bring It On alongside Gabrielle Union, who tweeted, “#RIP #Sad #BringItOn.”
Reed is survived by 10-year-old son Tren Brown from her relationship with rapper Kurupt. Tweets from fellow Blaque members Brandi Williams and Shamari DeVoe confirmed her passing. DeVoe wrote, “My world as I know it has forever changed. Until we meet again, may you find comfort in the arms of an angel. I love you Natina.”