|Birth name||Lichelle Laws|
|Origin||Detroit, Michigan, USA|
|Labels||Def Jam West/Chaos/Columbia/SME Records (1992–1995)
8055 Records (2004–2006)
|Associated acts||Dee, Def Jef, Erick Sermon, AMG, Onyx, Spice 1|
|Website||Sivad Management Group |
Boss (born Lichelle Laws in Detroit, Michigan in 1969) was a female gangsta rapper who enjoyed brief popularity in 1993 with her debut album Born Gangstaz. Her name is sometimes spelled Bo$$. The name Boss is a ackronym that stands for "Bitch On Some Shit".
Laws relocated to Los Angeles after graduating high school. Laws was spotted by DJ Quik who stuck her on a track with AMG. Russell Simmons liked the track and promptly signed her to Def Jam West. Her debut album Born Gangstaz was released in 1993, and the single "Deeper" hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks. The next single "Recipe for a Hoe" also hit #1 on the Rap Tracks chart.
Laws' fledgling career took a major blow when she revealed in an 1994 interview with The Wall Street Journal that she grew up in an upper middle-class family and attended private school. Def Jam shelved her second album and dropped her from the label. She moved to Dallas, Texas and went on to be a radio DJ. In 2004, she released a mixtape titled The Six Million Dollar Mixtape.