Special One, a rapper in the East Oakland hip-hop duo the Conscious Daughters, passed away on Saturday. Initial reports say the woman born Karryl Smith was found dead at her apartment by her rhyming partner CMJ (Carla Green); according to Green, the cause of Smith's death is still unknown.
Breaking through in 1993, the Conscious Daughters endeared themselves to the rap world with their debut album, Ear To The Street. Spearheaded by the singles “Somethin' To Ride To (Fonky Expedition)” and “We Roll Deep,” they showcased a smoothed-out, funky sound; the project was as content to hook tracks around loops of Marvin Gaye, Lonnie Liston Smith, and the S.O.S. Band songs as much as West Coast sample staples like Parliament.