Jewell is an R&B singer-songwriter who has had hits with Dr. Dre, Tha Dogg Pound, NWA, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. According to collaborator and former label mate Daz Dillinger, former Death Row Records artist born Jewell Caples died this morning (May 6). No cause of death has been made public.
In a 2021 interview with The art of dialogue, Jewell described his contributions to music. She remembers singing on NWA’s “I’d Rather F*ck You”. Jewell followed collaborating producer Dr. Dre from Eazy E’s Ruthless Records to a fledgling Death Row Records. After working solo on Deep Cover Soundtrackshe appeared on “Let Me Ride” and “B*tches Ain’t Sh*t” from Dr Dr The Chronicle. The singer then continued with “What’s My Name” and “Gin And Juice” from Snoop Doggy Dogg’s doggy style. In the mid-1990s, Jewell was featured on ” What would you do ? by Tha Dogg Pound. and Snoop’s “Murder Was The Case”. “Most of the songs I’ve done, I’ve written my own lyrics [and] it was a hit,” she claimed in a late 2021 interview. Billboard Top 100. Despite the pull of the Murder Was The Case Soundtrack single, Jewell’s planned debut album, Black Diamondsat on the shelf until the sale of the label in the 2000s. After some time away, Jewell then joined Death Row for Tupac’s All eyes on me double album.
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Notably, the Chicago, Illinois native insists she sang on another hit, “Foe Tha Love Of $” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The singer says Bone gave credit to Shatasha Williams. Williams reunited with Bone in Verzuz last year against Three 6 Mafia.
Jewell met Suge Knight in Torrance, California, where NWA was recording. At the time, Knight was a bodyguard for the Compton Group. Through an introduction to Dre, Jewell began recording with Ruthless. She said The art of dialogue that she and The DOC were the first artists signed to Future Shock, a precursor to Death Row. “I was never seen, but my voice was heard,” Jewell shared, referring to her downplayed role at Dre and Suge’s record label. The singer attributed this to her physique. “I was a juicy girl, and they wanted a slim-jim,” she joked. “So you’ve never really seen me in any video.” After serving three months on an attempted murder charge, Jewell says she lost weight and got bigger. “I was a skinny girl when I came out, so they put me in ‘What would you do?’ video.” She added, “I was never upset with the process, but I was angry that my album really never came out.”
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In 2021, Jewell described tensions at Death Row Records after flying to meet Puff Daddy. The Bad Boy Records CEO reportedly recruited Jewell to write for Total, including a trip to New York. The singer says she attended the VIBE magazine night and had a chat with the Bad Boy camp moments before Biggie Smalls was fatally shot. In 1998, Jewell reunited with Snoop and Dre outside of Death Row on “Just Dippin”.
In 2011, Jewell self-published a memoir, My blood my sweat my tears. Former Death Row owner WideAwake has released a soundtrack, as well as a version of Black Diamond. His passing follows fellow death row performer and former NWA affiliate, CPO Boss Hogg, who died in January.
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#BonusBeat: Jewell’s late 2021 interview with The art of dialogue: