NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (KTRK) –
One Monday, the rapper who moved to Houston after Hurricane Katrina was gunned down in a Waffle house in his hometown of New Orleans.
According to The Times-Picayune, the rapper has been identified as young greatness. The real name of the 34-year-old is Theodore Jones.
The New Orleans Police Department said the shooting was reported at 1:35 a.m. in the restaurant parking lot located at block 2900 of Elysian Fields Avenue.
Jones died on the scene.
The Times-Picayune reports that Jones' mother told WDSU that her son was in New Orleans for a funeral and that he was on FaceTime with his manager when they were shot.
He is best known for the song "Moolah" of 2015, which featured Atlanta rapper Jazze Pha. The song also reached the Billboard Hot 100 list.
The music video was set in New Orleans.
The fans left messages in the comments below the video on the YouTube page and also began to leave their condolences on Twitter, along with other recording artists.
Rip greatness young. I loved his music. Outside of "Moolah" he really had some great songs.
– Drea (@DreasShow) October 29, 2018
A biography on Jones' website says he was born in New Orleans, but moved to Houston after Katrina. He then caught the attention of Houston rappers, including Trae Tha Truth and Mike Jones.
"Rest, good friend," wrote Trae Tha Truth on Instagram.
He continued to be mentored by rapper Akon and finally signed with Birdman's Cash Money label in the spring of 2017.
Although his music presents sounds of New Orleans, he also paid tribute to Houston with the single "We Rollin & # 39;" for the support he received in the city.
Houston rapper Bun B posted an Instagram photo of Young Greatness with the caption: "I woke up with another call I did not want to receive, another younger brother was shot down on the street … Prayers for @ younggreatness7."
Keisha Nicole in 97.9 The Box has interviewed Jones in the past. She told ABC13 that one of Jones' friends gave her the nickname Young Greatness and felt compelled to fulfill that expectation.
"I was grateful and so full of life and energy, and I just wanted to do really well in the game," he said.
His biography says he planned to release new music with his own label based in New Orleans, Mile High Music Group.
If you have any information about the shooting, contact Homicide Detective Brett Mathes of NOPD at 504-658-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.
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