Idris "StarChile" O'Ferrall, a veteran fixture of the Portland hip-hop scene, has died, his father confirmed today on facebook. He was forty two years historical.
O'Ferrall had been clinically determined with CNS lymphoma, a variety of brain cancer, simply remaining month.
starting out as a rapper, O'Ferrall, a Portland native, assumed numerous roles within the metropolis's hip-hop scene starting in the late '90s as a student at Wilson high college. He went on to run his own label and host radio and television suggests. He finally received into concert promotion and event hosting, basically unintentionally.
"a friend of mine, who was working for company Jordan on the time, she was like, 'Yo, we're doing this tour, and the MC we now have is trash,'" he told WW in 2016. "'they're killing him on the site and the blogs, so we'll fly you out to Cleveland and have you ever host the adventure, and when you are good, then we'll retain you on the tour.' I told her, 'You could as neatly booklet my flights now, as a result of i'm not going to waste this probability.'"
In 2015, O'Ferrall and others partnered with then-Mayor Charlie Hales to assist create Portland Hip-Hop Day, a now-annual experience bringing rappers to operate on the steps of metropolis corridor each October. Two years in the past, he helped hip-hop ruin through at one more not likely venue, McMenamins folk den White Eagle Saloon in North Portland, with the monthly Mic determine series.
"lots of the stuff happening in my life I could not have imagined, even if it was me or any one else," he stated in 2016. "but that indicates you there's been some development. we've acquired a protracted method to move, but you can not say there hasn't been any development."
in the wake of his March analysis, O'Ferrall's buddy, fellow Portland hip-hop mainstay David "DJ OG One" Jackson, install a crowdfunding campaign to assist with his scientific expenses. It raised $9,500 in eight days.
As news of his passing spread Thursday afternoon, the hip-hop group both in and out of Portland shared messages of grief and remembrance on social media.