Rapper Trouble, best known for his music showing the grittier side of life in his hometown, Atlanta, was killed in a shooting early Sunday, authorities said. He was 34 years old.
Trouble, whose real name was Mariel Semonte Orr, died in a 3:20 a.m. home invasion at Lake St. James Apartments in Conyers, about 25 miles east of Atlanta, Rockdale County Sheriff’s spokesperson Jedidia Canty said at a news conference Sunday.
A suspect, identifed as Jamichael Jones, 33, of Atlanta, was being sought on warrants based on allegations of murder, home invasion and aggravated assault, Canty said.
In a post on Instagram on Sunday, Def Jam, one of the rapper’s record labels, shared condolences with Trouble’s family.
“A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represented,” the post reads.
Jones, the suspect, was involved in a “domestic situation” with the woman Trouble was visiting, and he and Trouble did not know each other, Canty said.
Jones apparently breached the woman’s residence and opened fire, striking Trouble in the chest once, Canty said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The woman, who was not identified, was not described as injured.
As fans used social media to grieve and express anger over Trouble’s death, Canty said, “I know there are a lot of people that are really upset right now.”
Canty said deputies were looking at all the suspect’s known haunts in an attempt to take him in to custody.
Alexis Skyy, Trouble’s ex-girlfriend, announced his death Sunday on Twitter.
“Rip @TroubleDTE,” she wrote. “I’m so sorry this happened to you Skoob. You didn’t deserve this. I’m praying for your kids and family.”
The music streaming service Tidal marked the somber day by writing on Instagram, “Rest In Peace, Trouble.”
Trouble was known for songs like “Bring It Back,” “Ain’t My Fault” and “Come Thru,” among others.
He released his first mix tape, “December 17th,” in 2011. It was quickly recognized by Complex as one of the best of the year. It was named for the date Trouble was released from prison.
Complex described Trouble’s music as showing off the grittier side of Atlanta while having “considerable musicality” and “serious pop sensibilities.”
Trouble continued to release mix tapes through 2017 before he explored the traditional album format. His last two long players, “Edgewood” and “Thug Luv,” were released by labels under Universal Music Group, including Def Jam and Ear Drummer/Interscope.
Los Angeles hip-hop journalist Jeff Weiss tweeted that Trouble “rapped like a 7-foot Terminator — an invincible force of nature — but with an emotional streak, artful videos, and agile cadences that offered perfect balance.”
“Some of the hardest street rap ever made,” Weiss said. “Real is rare.”
Lindsey Pipia contributed.