Atlanta rapper Trouble shot, killed at Rockdale apartment complex

Atlanta rapper Trouble, whose real name was Mariel Semonte Orr, was shot and killed in Rockdale County on Sunday.

Credit: Robb Cohen

Credit: Robb Cohen

Atlanta rapper Trouble, whose real name was Mariel Semonte Orr, was shot and killed in Rockdale County on Sunday.

Across social media, tributes continued pouring in Monday for Atlanta rapper Trouble as news spread of his shooting death in Rockdale County the day before.

The 34-year-old, whose real name was Mariel Semonte Orr and was also known as Skoob, was found by Rockdale County sheriff’s deputies lying on the ground at the Lake St. James Apartments on St. James Drive around 3:20 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release. The rapper was taken to a hospital, where he died from his gunshot wound, police said.

A 33-year-old Atlanta man, Jamichael Jones, was identified as a suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest, authorities said.

Def Jam Recordings, the label to which Trouble was signed, confirmed his death on its verified Instagram account early Sunday afternoon, saying, “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 Skoob.”

Investigators believe the rapper was visiting a woman at the Conyers apartment complex when he was shot once in the chest, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities said Jones knew the woman Orr was visiting, but Jones and Orr did not know each other. A sheriff’s spokesperson described the shooting as a “domestic situation.”

In addition to a charge of felony murder, Jones is wanted on charges of home invasion and aggravated assault.

Jamichael Jones, 33, is being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of 34-year-old Atlanta rapper Trouble.

Credit: Rockdale County Sheriff's Office

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Credit: Rockdale County Sheriff's Office

Trouble released his debut mixtape “December 17th” in 2011, which included the song “Bussin” and later featured rappers Yo Gotti and Waka Flocka on the remix. His first major album, “Edgewood” with producer Mike Will Made It, came seven years later and included appearances by other high-profile artists such as Offset, Quavo, Fetty Wap, The Weeknd and Drake.

His latest album, “Thug Luv,” featuring collaborations with 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Boosie Badazz and City Girls, was released in 2020.

Trouble’s family, fans and friends in the hip-hop community took to social media to express their grief.

“Happy to be able to have met u laugh wit u make history with you and give u a real opportunity you deserved, still 1 of my favorite rappers out the city, rest easy broadie,” Mike Will Made It wrote on Instagram.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office at 770-278-8188 or 770-843-7647.

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