Detroit MC Bugz Slain
Birth Name: Karnail Paul Pitts
Alias: Robert Beck
Died at Age of 21 RIP
On May 21 in 1999, founder member Bugz was shot dead after playfully squirting water at a group of girls at the city's
Belle island amusement park. Today, each member of D12 has Bugz' name tattooed across their forearm. "He had a big influence
on us," Bizarre says. "Bugz had a lot of energy and a lot of respect in the hip-hop scene. He was cool to everybody."
Before his death, Bugz had been bucking to get Detroit rapper Swift (Ondre Moore), with whom he had been collaborating, into
the group. Familiar with Swift from their open-mike days, Bugz's friends honored his wishes and drafted Swift into the Dirty
Dozen. "That's tore me up" admits Swift solemnly. "Me and Bugz rapped together laughed together, laughed together
and got drunk together. He's still with us, though. Before we go on stage, we pray and he's right there, watching over us."
Article after Bugz died in 1999
"On Friday, May 28, funeral services were held for Karnail Pitts, a.k.a. Bugz of the Dirty Dozen. The previous Friday
night, May 21, Bugz was expected to perform at a show in Grand Rapids, Mich. as part of the Eminem tour, but he never showed
up. "Saturday morning, everybody got the news," says Rico Shelton of Detroit-based Federation Records. "I got
the phone call saying Bugz was dead. It was like, 'What?' Hearts were dropping. I've never seen so many sad faces. Everybody
knew him; he was part of Detroit." The day of the show, Bugz, a friend, and his friend's cousin were spending the afternoon
at Detroit's Belle Isle Park. An altercation arose when a man sprayed Bugz' friend's cousin with a high-powered water gun
and she took offense. A heated argument ensued which escalated into a fistfight, and Bugz intervened on his friend's behalf.
At this point, a friend of the man with the water gun went into a Ford Expedition, drew a rifle, and fired at Bugz, who was
looking away at the time. He was hit three times at close range, once in the neck, and once in the chest. The men then ran
Bugz over in the Expedition. An ambulance was called, but due to traffic on the bridge to Belle Isle, it took them thirty
minutes to get onto the island. Bugz was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he could not be saved. He had just turned 21.
Bugz untimely passing has only strengthened the resolve of Dirty Dozen members. "It just makes you look at life more
serious," Proof says. ""At this point, we're trying to gather everything he recorded [to] make an LP."
The Dirty Dozen, who'd been working on releasing their debut EP, are now looking to release Bugz' material in tribute. On
Thursday, June 24, the Federation Records family is holding a Bugz benefit at The Wired Frog in Eastpointe, Mich. featuring
fellow Dirty Dozen member Bizarre, as well as Paradime, The Brigade, SUN, and Da Ruckus. The cost is seven dollars, with all
proceeds going to the Pitts family. Bugz will also be featured on The Brigade's upcoming 4-song 12" due out on Federation
Records next month."