Mon. Oct 2nd, 2023

Irish Grinstead, a member of the ’90s and ’00s R&B lady group 702, died on Saturday, September 17. LeMisha Grinstead, Irish’s sister and fellow member of the group, confirmed the information in an announcement on social media. The group was arguably finest identified for his or her single “The place My Ladies At.” Irish Grinstead was 43.

“It’s with nice unhappiness that I’ve to let you recognize that my lovely sister and good friend has handed away this night,” LeMisha Grinstead’s assertion reads. “She has had a protracted battle and he or she is lastly at peace. That lady was as vivid as the celebrities! She was not solely lovely on the surface, but additionally inside. Sharing the stage together with her was a pleasure I’ll cherish for the remainder of my life! We, the household ask for prayers and respect for our privateness as we grieve an excellent loss to our household.”

Named for his or her hometown space code for Las Vegas, the group’s debut album No Doubt arrived in 1996. It included the only “Get It Collectively” and the Missy Elliott-featuring monitor “Steelo.” Their self-titled follow-up album was launched in 1999 and featured “The place My Ladies At.” Missy Elliott wrote and co-produced the track, as soon as acknowledging she supposed it for TLC.  “I needed it to be a Principal chick anthem 4 the facet chicks,” she wrote, including, “it’s nonetheless a BOP.” 

The group contributed songs to a number of movie and TV soundtracks, together with Good Burger, Stuart Little, Cousin Skeeter, and the Pootie Tang theme “Pootie Tangin.” Their remaining album Star got here out in 2003 with help from the Neptunes, Clipse, and Pharrell. The group disbanded after the album, however periodically reunited. In late 2022, Irish Grinstead took a depart of absence from 702 for undisclosed well being causes.

Learn extra about “The place My Ladies At” in Pitchfork’s “Story of Woman Teams in 45 Songs.”

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