Huey, ‘Pop, Lock & Drop It’ Rapper, Dies At 31, Reportedly Shot In St. Louis – Rapper Huey, well-known for the 2006 hip hop song “Pop, Lock & Drop it,” has reportedly died at the age of 31.
Huey, ‘Pop, Lock & Drop It’ Rapper, Dies At 31, Reportedly Shot In St. Louis:
Huey, real name Lawrence Franks Jr., was killed in a double shooting in St. Louis County late Thursday.
The Kinloch, Mo., native was shot at least once at about 11 p.m. Thursday while in a front yard of a single-family residence.
Huey was one of two people killed during the shooting, which occurred in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Kinloch, Missouri. The second victim is 21 years old and remains hospitalized with “non-life threatening injuries,” according to the St. Louis County Police Department. It was not immediately clear how he was connected to Huey.
Huey, whose real name is Lawrence Franks Jr., arrived at a local hospital late Thursday night suffering from at least one apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead a short time later.
St. Louis County Police officers from the Central County Precinct responded and secured the scene, which was located in/around the front yard of a single-family residence in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Kinloch, Missouri. The Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is leading the homicide investigation, which remains very active at this time.
Rapper Huey Killed In Double Shooting In Kinloch, Missouri:
While officials did not confirm his identity, fans and peers took to Twitter to express their grief and also the local hip-hop community lit up social media with tributes to one of the city’s most popular recent rappers.
“They killed my lil cousin,” tweeted former state Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., a local activist fighting gun violence known as the ”St. Louis Superman.”
St. Louis-based producer and songwriter Jaylien Wesley, posted a video of Huey to Twitter, saying he “shed a few” at the news.
“My dawg Huey is gone forever,” Jaylien wrote, saying, “Ima help keep your spirit alive down here. much much love forever.”
DJ Boogie Corleone said the news “hit hard” in an Instagram tribute. “Rest well my friend,” he wrote.
Formerly known as Baby Huey, the rapper was born January 1, 1989 in Kinloch, and rose to prominence when his hit song “Pop, Lock & Drop It” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 98 in 2007, before peaking at number six.
Huey originally signed to Jive Records and his debut album Notebook Paper, which featured collaborations with people like Trey Songz, Lloyd, and Yo Gotti, was released in 2007.
“I always rap about my life,” the “Pop, Lock & Drop It” star once said in a 2010 interview to promote his album Redemption. “Whether it’s memories or things that’s going on today that’s a big part of my music. That’s one of the best things I can do is tell the truth.”
Huey is survived by his 13-year-old daughter.