San Francisco-based hip hop artist Traxamillion died recently according to the blog called ‘Thizzler on the Roof.’ Traxamillion whose real name was Sultan Banks was originally from San Jose, California. The exact cause remains unknown but some reports indicate that Traxamilliom was suffering from a rare cancer and was already under hospice care.
Traxamillion’s death is a major blow to the hip-hop industry because he had made major contributions in his short life including the hyphy movement. The hip-hop artist was only 42 years at the time of his death but was very popular, at least around the west coast.
There is a mystery surrounding his death- while there has been speculation that he developed a rare cancer in 2017, not much is known what type of cancer it was and how it was treated. For the past few years, Traxamillion was silent on social media so the assumption is that he was most likely ill. His family and friends have stayed silent and not made an official statement about his death.
Traxamillion was unlike many other hip-hop artists; he was more on the quiet side and had a non-aggressive personality. He was born in the San Jose area in California where he also did his junior schooling. Later as a teen, he got interested in music and started to sing at local concerts and events. His first album was ‘The Slapp Addict’ which was a collection of songs from the best talent in the San Francisco area. The album was eventually released in 2006 and contained 17 songs. Later he joined forces with Brooke Hogan and released a mixtape called ‘The Slapp Addict Mixtape’ and ‘About Us.’ Some of his songs included Da Yellow Bus, Super Hyphy, and From the Hood. This was a time when the hyphy movement had just emerged in Oakland and was frequently characterized by its frenetic, gritty, and booming rhythms.
The hyphy movement and genre emerged in Oakland in the late 1990s and was often characterized by its gritty, frenetic rhythms.
Besides being a singer, Traxamillion was also a producer. In 2010, 454 Life Entertainment signed him up after he produced his second single ‘We Get Money; by Drew Deezy and Thai VG which featured Glasses Malone. Later he produced more songs to complete the album, As Real As It Gets.’ Trazamillion worked with several hip-hop artists and singers including City girls. E-40, DJ shadow, and many more.
He never rose to national prominence but was popular in the San Jose area. However, he became most well known for his traxxpad which was a small portable studio that included the drum machine, sequences, and keyboard, which could be used to create all types of sounds.
Upon hearing of his death, his fans and artists have taken to social media to pay tribute to the hip-hop artists. He definitely will be missed.