Da Real Gee Money was killed in a parking lot in his hometown over the weekend
Baton Rouge rapper Da Real Gee Money was gunned down in a parking lot in Baton Rouge on Sunday. The entertainer and up-and-coming musician born Garrett Burton was found at around 1:30 a.m. in the Lobdell/Woodale neighborhood of Louisiana’s capital city. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 22 years old.
After his passing, local activist Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed spoke about Burton and his passion for music.
“Rapping was his heart,” Reed told The Advocate.”Rapping was definitely his love.”
“It’s sad to see such a young, vibrant individual’s (life) cut so short,” Reed added. “I’m just praying for his family, and, that his life will save someone else’s life that’s on the same track.”
Gee Money is the second up-and-coming rapper from Baton Rouge to be murdered this year. Zoe Realla was murdered in the city in April. The violence seems to corroborate the Baton Rouge rapper NBA YoungBoy’s explanation of the city from an interview last month:
“It was a challenge,” he said of the city. “Baton Rouge is all about staying alive. It don’t matter if you in that set or you out that set. Ain’t no hiding from gun violence. Ain’t no hiding from violence, period. It’s either jail or death, like literally. Ain’t no living out there.”
YoungBoy currently lives in New Orleans, seemingly following the advice that Meek Mill gave him earlier this year.
“You gotta move or you gon’ die!” Meek said in a FaceTime conversation that was posted to Instagram. He then talked about Lil Snupe, another Baton Rouge rapper who was killed before breaking out on a national level.
“I used to tell that n*gga every day, when you come off the road, get back on that road,” he said.
YoungBoy did his part to make things a little better before bailing for a new city, though. A video from earlier this year shows him throwing $20,000 in cash to people in his neighborhood after he was released from prison.
The string of murders is part of a larger trend playing out across 2017. Atlanta rapper Yung Mazi was killed outside of a pizza place across from a police precinct in Atlanta last month. Shy Glizzy associate and DC-based rapper 30 Glizzy was recently killed in South Baltimore. And Pivot Gang head honcho DinnerWithJohn was stabbed to death back in February. Even though police saw a suspect fleeing from Yung Mazi’s shooting, details in all of these cases are scarce and the likelihood of finding a killer remains slim.
Even fewer details about Da Real Gee Money are available. Police have not identified a suspect or released much information about the shooting beyond the block of the incident and the victim’s name. That might be because they are currently investigating, or it could point to a lack of any evidence.
What do you think? Is Baton Rouge a particularly dangerous place for these young men to be? Should aspiring rappers take Meek’s advice and leave the city before it comes for them? What can Baton Rouge due to curb this violence? What can the rappers involved do to avoid it? And What do you think happened to Gee Money? Let us know how you feel about it in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this article.