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Amid the untimely death of Lil Keed and Young Stoner Life’s sweeping RICO indictment — which put Young Thug, Gunna and a majority of the collective behind bars — tragedy continues to strike hip-hop’s Atlanta mainstays.
Prominent ATL rapper Trouble has passed away at age 34. His former label Def Jam confirmed his death Sunday (June 5), writing on Instagram: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the children, loved ones, and fans of Trouble. A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represented. RIP Scoob.” He was reported to be murdered during a home invasion while visiting a female friend, per XXL.
An outpour of sympathy came flooding from fans and Atlanta icons alike in Gucci Mane, T.I., Juicy J and many more. Trouble — whose real name was Mariel Semonte Orr — initially shined a light on the chilling realities of living in Atlanta’s Zone 6 with his track “Bussin” in 2012.
Signing a joint venture with Mike Will Made-It’s Ear Drummers imprint in 2018, he soon released his major-label debut, Edgewood, that touted features from Drake, The Weeknd, Quavo, Fetty Wap, Low Down Dirty Black and more. As a “true voice for his city,” Trouble’s impact on the game and in Atlanta will seemingly never be forgotten.
Unfortunately, Trouble’s shocking death wasn’t the only reason hip-hop mourned on Sunday. According to a report by TMZ, Metro Boomin’s mother, Leslie Joanne Wayne, was fatally shot by her husband — not Metro’s biological father — who committed suicide shortly after. Police allegedly told TMZ that Metro received news of the tragedy this past weekend after his mother’s body was discovered by law enforcement just outside of Atlanta.
Fans were just as distraught to learn the news of Metro’s mother, grieving alongside the St. Louis-born beatmaker whose become notorious for curating Atlanta’s menacing trap sound. Previously teasing a new body of work with longtime collaborator 21 Savage last week, Metro also came out in support of Young Stoner Life as they strive to prove their innocence in court, saying that “YSL Is Not a Gang and Never Been a Gang,” on Twitter. Metro has not publically addressed his mother or the situation as of yet.
OGM’s thoughts and prayers are with the families and close friends of Trouble, Metro Boomin, Lil Keed and YSL as they continue to navigate through these unthinkable, trying times.