Bugz (born Karnail Pitts, January 5, 1978, died May 21, 1999) was an American underground rapper from Detroit, Michigan and a member of the group D12 from 1996 to 1999. He was also a solo hip hop artist.
Bugz was also known by his alter-ego “Robert Beck.” He released his first EP in 1999 called These Streets EP.
Bugz also appeared on DJ Carl’s 1999 album The Art of Invisibilty in which he rapped on the “Detroit Detroit” interlude. Most of Bugz’s solo work was in 1999, but several recordings from 1999 of him performing with other raps such as 5150 and M.O.B. were released on various album. Bugz’s first solo albums called Mr. Obnoxious was released in February, 2000, after his death, with appearences from Eminem, 5150, Proof, Swift, and Bizarre. In 2004, DJ Butter hosted a posthumous mixtape called DJ Butter Presents: Bugz, One Man Mob.
Born Karnail Pitts on January 5, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan, Bugz grew up without a father, his father having abandonned him and the rest of the family while Bugz was young. Bugz rapped about this with Eminem and Proof in the song “Deadbeat Dads”.
Bugz was expected to perform at a show in Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of the Eminem tour, on May 21, 1999, but he never showed up. The day of the show, Bugz, a friend, and his friend’s cousin were spending the afternoon at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park. A gang violence sparked when some men came to the park gangbanging. Bugz cousin strongly disagreeded and started throwing up the other gang. Then a fist fight broke out at which point Bugz intervined .As soon as everyone thought the fight was finally over the gang bangers 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.
In memory of Bugz’s death, a posthumous mixtape was made and hosted by DJ Butter. Recordings of Bugz rapping with Eminem and Proof from 1997 where on the skit “Bugz ’97” on D12’s second studio album, D12 World. Bugz’s songs such as “These Streets” have appeared on posthumous albums and mixtapes hosted by different DJs throughout the years. Eminem’s song “Like Toy Soldiers” is dedicated to Bugz which depicts Proof dying at the hospital in the video which was filmed a year before Proof’s passing.
Release of Mr. Obnoxious
Mr. Obnoxious was Bugz’s first album, due for release in February, 2000. The release was delayed after Bugz death, but was still released underground in memory of him with original tracks, including “These Streets”.
These Streets EP (1999)
Mr. Obnoxious (LP, 2000)
DJ Butter Presents: Bugz, One Man Mob (2004)
The Underground EP with D12 (1996)
Quiet As Kept Entertainment Presents…Detroit’s Best Kept Secret (1999)
Red Everything Movement