Smoke Dawg: Who Was the Slain Rapper?
By now we’ve all heard the sad news that rapper Smoke Dawg, who was a friend and tourmate of Drake, was killed in a drive-by shooting on June 30, in Toronto.
CP24 News reported that Smoke Dawg, whose real name is Jahvante Smart, was gunned down around 8 p.m. on Saturday outside of Cube Nightclub in the city’s entertainment district. Two other people, one woman and one man, were also shot and taken to a nearby hospital. Dawg, along with the male victim, identified as Ernest “Kosi” Modekwe, were both pronounced dead a short time later.
After the news of his death broke tributes to the hip-hop artist poured in on social media with Drake posting a picture of the two onstage together and the caption, “All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating. 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.”
Drake via his IG story. RIP Smoke Dawg pic.twitter.com/xRnKVZzncX
— Drake Direct (@DrakeDirect_) July 1, 2018
Here’s everything we know about the late rapper.
Where he’s from
The up-and-coming artist was born on November 18th, 1996, in Toronto. He grew up in a large family with 13 siblings.
He created another family in the rap game as well, teaming up with other local musicians Smoke, Puffy L’z, Safe, and Mo-G to form the group known as the Halal Gang.
Toured with Drake
The quartet became very well-known in the Toronto music scene and caught the attention of the most famous rapper to come out of the city in Drake.
The “One Dance” artist was so impressed with the group that he took Dawg and Puffy L’z on the European leg of his Boy Meets World tour as the opening act in 2017.
Drizzy even surprised fans when he made a special appearance onstage with Dawg during the latter’s performance in London.
Dawg thought very highly of Drizzy
Dawg stayed in touch with Drake following the tour and thought very highly of the star rapper.
In fact, the last post on his Instagram account just two days before his death was a shout out to Drake’s new music on Scorpion. In the post, he called Drizzy his “big bro” with a GOAT emoji.
He was friends with other famous musicians too
He also collaborated with Skepta on the song “Overseas.”
Dawg had an album coming out
Dawg had new music of his own coming out as well. He released a new solo track “Fountain Freestyle” on June 25, and was set to release his album Struggle Before Glory later this year.
His 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 is survived by his parents, siblings, and 1-year-old daughter.
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