‘An inspiration to the community’: Atlanta rapper Trouble killed at 34

Atlanta rapper Trouble was fatally shot, according to Georgia officials. He was 34.

A spokesman for the Rockdale County Sheriff said Trouble, whose real name was Mariel Semonte Orr, was shot dead in an apartment east of Atlanta while visiting a friend. He was found on the ground around 3:20 a.m. Sunday and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

No arrests were made, but the sheriff’s office said it had issued an arrest warrant for a suspect identified as Jamichael Jones. The sheriff’s office said the incident was a domestic situation and that Jones knew the woman but no trouble.

Over the course of a decade, Trouble built its image in Atlanta, first as a household name and later as a major artist. In 2016 he collaborated on Young Thug’s “Thief in the Night”, still one of the most popular songs from Thug’s mixtape “Slime Season 2”.

“SUPER CLASSIC!!! rest in paradise trouble”, wrote LeBron James quoted a video for the song Monday morning.

2016 also saw Trouble land his biggest hit on Billboard, peaking at number 70 on the Hot 100 for his work on YFN Lucci’s song “Key to the Streets”.

In 2018 he released his debut studio album Edgewood, his most commercially successful project, featuring performances by the likes of Drake, the Weeknd and Quavo. Through superproducer Mike-WiLL Made-It’s frantic production, Trouble told his street stories and brought them to life in the 37-minute short film that accompanied the album.

“Happy to have met you, laughed with you, made history with you and given you the real opportunity you deserve,” Mike WiLL Made-It wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “Still one of my favorite rappers in town, chill broadie.”

Gucci Mane, TI and others also expressed their condolences following his death. And record label Def Jam Recordings tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the children, families and fans of Trouble. A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represents. RIP Skoob.”

Trouble’s death came days after another tragedy struck the Atlanta hip-hop community. TMZ reported that producer Metro Boomin’s mother, Leslie Joanne Wayne, had been killed, allegedly by her husband, who killed himself shortly thereafter. The incident happened on Friday, citing unnamed sources involved in the investigation, according to TMZ.

Metro Boomin has produced songs for artists such as Drake, Travis Scott and The Weeknd. In 2016, Boomin on Fader reminisced about the times his mother drove the then-unknown producer 17 hours to meet Atlanta rapper OJ da Juiceman and believed in him all the way — as long as he held his spot on the honors roll kept at his school.

“My name is Leland Tyler Wayne,” he told the fader. “My mother wanted to give me a name that I could use to do whatever I wanted to do. an astronaut. President. However. Leland Wayne.”

Details of the deaths have not yet been released. Atlanta police could not be reached for comment Monday.

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https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-06-06/trouble-atlanta-rapper-dies-34 ‘An inspiration to the community’: Atlanta rapper Trouble killed at 34

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