After Toronto rapper Smoke Dawg was shot and killed outside a nightclub over the weekend, Drake and other artists shared tributes and expressed condolences on social media.
According to CP24 News, Smoke Dawg, whose real name is Jahvante Smart, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting around 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, in Toronto’s busy entertainment district. Dawg was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Two other people, one woman and one man, were shot and taken to the hospital as well. The male victim, identified as Ernest Modekwe, a producer known as Koba Prime, also died of his injuries. The female meanwhile is expected to recover.
The shooting happened in broad daylight during Canada Day weekend while thousands were out and about celebrating the holiday.
“The scene just turned chaotic. There were people running everywhere, there were vehicles just trying to get out of the way,” one witness recalled. “We just saw a mass of tourists — normal Saturday traffic on Queen Street — basically running scared for their lives. It was intense, it was very chaotic.”
“We heard multiple, multiple gunshots. They came in two sets. There was a set of three to four, four to five and then a pause and then another set of literally three to four, four to five,” another witness said.
Dawg, who released his latest music video just five days before the shooting, was a friend and tourmate of Drake. He and his group Halal Gang opened for Drizzy on his Boy Meets World European tour last year. Upon hearing the news of his death, the Scorpian artist paid tribute to Dawg via his Instagram story.
“All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating,” he wrote, along with a picture of the two performing onstage together. “I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”
Director Nathan Miller, who made a film about the hip-hop scene in Canada which featured Smoke Dawg, tweeted a video of the late rapper talking about coming “from nothing” and being able to make his mother happy. “RIP Smoke Dawg, Toronto legend,” Miller posted.
Mustafa the Poet also shared his thoughts about Dawg’s death writing, “Smokey is gone, may our prayers follow him to heaven,” adding, “I think about my dead friends often, how their legacies will carry, how their murderers carry the guilt, how their mothers are coping with the emptiness, how their cases open & close like caskets, It’s supposed to be peaceful, the passing, but it rarely is with the boys we lose.”
And, U.K. radio DJ Charlie Sloth took to Instagram with his condolences as well. “RIP my g! My love to your family and friends,” he wrote.
Dawg’s death comes just two weeks after the hip-hop community mourned the loss of XXXTentacion, who was shot as he left a motorsports store in South Florida. Up-and-coming rapper Jimmy Wopo was killed in a Pittsburgh drive-by shooting that same day as well.
Dawg leaves behind his parents, a 1-year-old daughter, and 13 siblings.
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