Jewell Caples might not be a familiar name to many rap fans. Anyone who was listening to the genre in the 1990s knows her voice. Jewell became legendary for her work with Death Row Records during the peak of the label’s success. Sadly, Jewell has passed away.
Former Death Row labelmate Daz Dillinger confirmed the sad news this morning. Dillinger posted a tribute on his Instagram. Daz was heartbroken by the loss.
“RIP REST N PEACE @iamjewellcaples IM SAD THIS REALLY HURT BUT JEWELLZ PASSED THIS MORNING. WOW DEATHROW FOR LIFE. WE GONE MISS HER CLASSIC MUSIC. FAMILY OVER EVERYTHING”
Jewell was featured on some of the most iconic records in Death Row history. She performed on Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” as well as Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle.” Jewell also contributed to several influential movie soundtracks over the years.
Known as “The First Lady of Death Row,” Jewell’s cover of the Shirley Brown hit, “Woman to Woman” hit #16 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart in 1994. She retired from actively performing in 2006.
Jewell will always be remembered by her fans and those closest to her. She was a key cog in one of the greatest empires in rap music. Everyone at Thirsty is keeping her family, friends, and loved ones in our thoughts.