Rapper Baby Huey, best known for his 2006 hit “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” was shot and killed Thursday night outside St. Louis, the city where he made his name, according to multiple news reports.
He was 31.
Huey, whose real name is Lawrence Franks Jr., was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a hospital with at least one gunshot wound. The St. Louis County Police Department confirmed his death was the result of a homicide, according to a report by Newsweek.
Police have not yet named a suspect in the shooting.
Another man wounded in the shooting first went to the police and was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities said the shooting just before 11 p.m. may have been in retaliation for an earlier incident at a house in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Kinloch, outside St. Louis.
Huey was expected to make a video Saturday, according to Jevon M. Tompkins of St. Louis-based Blanco Tarantino TV.
STL native Huey, best known for his classic single “Pop Lock & Drop It”, was shot and killed earlier tonight and was expected to shoot a video this Saturday. This just hit home fr 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/yO1bguNmG4
St. Louis-based producer and songwriter Jaylien Wesley posted a photo of Huey to Twitter.
shed a few , my dawg Huey is gone forever. thank you for the talk, thank you for your energy, thank you for believing in me. Ima help keep your spirit alive down here. much much love forever. pic.twitter.com/18S62VBvbW