StarChile took on hosting duties at Mic Check every month at White Eagle in North Portland. This night, before anyone blessed the stage, StarChile and Trox set up a perfect tribute to hip-hop legend Prodigy (of Mobb Deep).

StarChile took on hosting duties at Mic Check every month at White Eagle in North Portland. This night, before anyone blessed the stage, StarChile and Trox set up a perfect tribute to hip-hop legend Prodigy (of Mobb Deep).

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Portland hip-hop luminary Idris O’Ferrall, who performed as 'Starchile,' died Thursday.

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O'Ferrall was diagnosed with lymphoma this spring. His father confirmed his death in a Facebook post. O'Ferrall was host of the long-running showcase Mic Check at White Eagle Saloon.

O'Ferrall also took a leading role in the institution of an annual Hip-Hop Day at Portland City Hall. After years of disputes over enforcement of fire, safety and venue codes, the event built a bridge between musicians, fans and the city's leaders.

O’Ferrall had grappled with health issues before, including kidney failure.

A crowdfunding campaign is raising money to help his family deal with medical expenses incurred over the last few months. He was 42 years old.

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