Cody Burnside Passes Away
Rapper and North Mississippi Allstars collaborator Cody Burnside has died. The cause of his death has not been confirmed as of press time.
The grandson of Mississippi Hill Country Blues legend R.L. Burnside, Cody blended his family’s southern roots music with his interests in rap and hip-hop. Along with his brother Cedric and uncle Garry, he formed the Cedric Burnside Project, which blended blues, funk, R&B and soul with current strains of modern music. A close friend of the North Mississippi Allstars, he joined members of the Burnside and Dickinson families, as well as other friends, as part of the Hill Country Revue. He appears on the 2004 live album the ensemble recorded at Bonnaroo in 2004. He also raps on North Mississippi Allstars’ 2003 album Polaris and has a composer credit on the blues trio’s 2009 release Do It Like We Used to Do.