Rapper Huey was killed in a St. Louis double shooting.
What We Know:
- The rapper most known for the song “Pop, Lock & Drop It” was shot at least once Thursday night around 11 p.m while standing in the front yard of a home in Kinloch, Granda, acccording to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Huey, whose real name is Lawrence Franks Jr., was pronounced dead at 32, after being trsansported to the local hospital.
- A second victim was taken to the Ferguson Police Department and was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police told the paper. It was not clear how he was connected to Huey.
- The police sergeant said 10 “other people were present in and around the crime scene during the shooting”.
- Though the authorities did not immediately confirm his identity, the local hip-hop community flooded social media with tributes to one of the city’s most popular rappers.
- Music executive William “Quayshaun” Carter, who worked with Huey in the 2010s said “He was a good kid. He was raised on the streets and he chose to do something different. He’d just started another business – he was getting into upscale clothing, and it was working out, and he was happy,” he said. “His passing is a tragic loss to the hip-hop world. He was a part of hip-hop history.”
- A local activist fighting gun violence known as the “St. Louis Superman” tweeted “They Killed my lil cousin”.
Jus a lil over a month ago you reached out to me & said.. "Corleone..we gotta do a party together.. i wanna do a exclusive pool party in a exclusive spot.. lets find one…".. Damn bro.. this hit hard… Rest well… https://t.co/FfRb9oXvkO
— boogie corleone (@bcorleone24) June 26, 2020
- St. Louis-based producer and songwriter Jaylien Wesley said he “shed a few” at the news.
shed a few , my dawg Huey is gone forever. thank you for the talk, thank you for your energy, thank you for believing in me. Ima help keep your spirit alive down here. much much love forever. pic.twitter.com/18S62VBvbW
— J∆YLIEN (@jaylienwesley) June 26, 2020
Huey’s song “Pop ,Lock & Drop it” topped at No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in June 2007. That same month, Huey released his studio debut Notebook Paper, which included guest spots from T-Pain, Yo Gotti, Lloyd, Trey Songz, and Mario, among others.