On May 6th 2022 – mainstream entertainment blogs and media outlets came out with the news about the death of former Death Row Records singer “Jewell Caples”.
Her death was first announced by rapper Daz Dillinger who shared pictures of them together on his Instagram with the caption; “RIP REST N PEACE. I’m sad that this really hurts, but JEWELLZ passed this morning”.
With her angelic voice that featured on multi-platinum R&B/Hip-Hop albums since 1968, Jewell Caples was an American singer with a funny and real character. Her music career began in the late 60s as a singer for NWA before signing with Death Row Records in 1992.
Later, she worked with great acts such as; Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Prince Ital Joe, Danny Boy, and many more others. She always referred to herself and was called “The First Lady of Death Row Records”.
Even with the fuzzy details surrounding Jewell’s death, it was publicly known that the female star had been hospitalized in March after doctors ascertained that she had eight pounds of fluid on her heart, lungs, and legs. She later came out on her Instagram and wrote;
“I almost died! Should be flown to another facility”.
“GOD reversed my symptoms and gave me some GRACE! And gave me more time with my family and friends! Thank you, JESUS, for saving my life again! GOD IS REAL! (sic)”
This was a relief for many of her friends and fans that knew how much she contributed to the music industry. To this time, the world stood in much anticipation for her YouTube broadcast/podcast dubbed “The Jewell Experience” which she was yet to unveil.
When you listen to some of the greatest records released in the 90s, including; The Chronic (Dr. Dre), Doggy Style (Snoop Dogg), and All Eyez on Me (Tupac Shakur), you will quickly notice the presence of Jewell’s soulful voice that added a speck to many of the hits. She was on over $550 million worth of records. Some might say that Jewell Caples should have been an Icon just like the likes of Whitney.
However, till her last breath, the prodigy made several interviews and called out American music executive, co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records Suge Knight for hurting her music career. In 2011, JewellCaples co-authored and self-published a memoir authored with Felicia St. Jean titled “My Blood My Sweat My Tears”. This publication notably encouraged rumors of Dr. Dre’s homosexuality and of people involved with Tupac Shakur’s murder. She was indeed an unapologetic, strong, and daring woman till her last day.
Between 1992 and 1996 while Jewell was still under Death Row Records, the recording artist covered Shirley Brown’s “Woman to Woman” song which reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #16 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs list.
Part of her other discography and features included tracks such as; Love or Lust (1992), Dre Day, What’s My Name? (With Snoop Dogg – 1993), Life in the Streets (With Prince Ital Joe feat Marky Mark – 1994), Woman to Woman (With Danny Boy – 1994), Harvest for the World (1994), It’s not deep enough (1994), I Can Tell (The Nasty Song – 1994), Thug Passion (With Tupac – 1996), Body & Soul (1997), It’s About Time (With L.A. Nash – 1998), Just Dippn’ (With Snoop Dogg – 1999), and many others. She also featured on two songs on the 1994 Above the Rim soundtrack.
The American music industry has truly lost a legend.
Jewell Caples (RIP)