Or maybe Freaky Tah switched up and needed a writer Send Him Our Love by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

Raymond “Freaky Tah” Rogers was a member of the group the Lost Boyz, who was shot and killed in March 1999 at age 27

As Budden points out here, Tah wasn’t really an MC in the traditional sense. He was, as this article points out, “the group’s promoter, [and] the Boyz’s backup MC and hypeman”. Thus Joe’s implication that, in the afterlife, he might call on Stack to write his rhymes

Budden referenced the Lost Boyz earlier on this same album, on the song “Ventilation”

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[Verse 3 - Joe Budden] Send Him Our Love by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

Most of this verse consists of Budden placing his friend in the pantheon of rap and r&b personalities who died, often violently like Stack, before their time

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I read the paper, it said the pigs caught that dude Send Him Our Love by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

About a month after the murder, police arrested a suspect named Lee Woods, who was also accused of being the getaway driver in a Brooklyn cop shooting several weeks after the Stack incident

A different suspect, Charles White, was found dead about a week after the Stack murder

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Pulled the burner on you, but you fought that dude Send Him Our Love by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

Stack’s assailant stole the rapper’s medallion, but Stack still had his money and credit cards on him at his demise, so Joe’s guess that his friend fought back hard is not at all unlikely

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Like nigga I don't know, you supposed to be "The Gorgeous Gangsta" Send Him Our Love by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

“The Gorgeous Gangsta” was one of Stack’s nicknames, along with “Handsome Hustler”, “Seymour Kitty”, and “Rapsmakeover”

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I was like your mentor, you was like my friend, nah
When I seen you, I would treat you like my kin and more
Send Him Our Love by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

Budden is older than Stack by two years, and the two started appearing on mixtapes, especially those hosted by DJ Clue, around the same time, circa 2002. At the time of the release of his first album, Joe looked back fondly on his mixtape days:

Mixtapes are extremely important, especially for New York or North East artists. They allow you to be creative, to get feedback and criticism, but most of all, it gets your name out there. I would say about 90-100% of my success was down to the mixtapes

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A line outside your funeral, Ran was really fucked up
And I was too but the difference is
I was more in awe at the ignorant value of life that living gets
Send Him Our Love by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

Joe contrasts his reaction to the murder with that of frequent collaborator Ransom, who, by Joe’s account, has a less mature view of the situation. To be fair, the two were beefing at the time

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I just heard you on Flex show last night Send Him Our Love by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

DJ Funkmaster Flex would also be greatly affected by Stack’s murder, publicly and vehemently going against hip-hop’s anti-snitching code in the murder’s aftermath and asking listeners to come forward with information about the shooting. From a XXL story at the time:

Call me what you want, I’m snitchin’,” said Flex, who also stated he was going to read out police hotline numbers on the air for anyone who had any information

See Bundles freestyle on Flex’s show, below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=il4iixbThyk

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Riot Squad keep your head up
Remember we would diss each other on tracks, laugh about it when we met up
Send Him Our Love by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

Tha Riot Squad was Stack’s crew. The group consisted of Bundles, Bynoe, Chinx Drugz, and Cau2G$ (no, we’re not sure how to pronounce it, either..)

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King of New Jersey We Got This Locked by Joe Budden (Ft. Stack Bundles)

Budden is a native of Jersey City, NJ

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