We meant to report on this yesterday, but we are taking time out today to tribute rapper Young Greatness. The New Orleans rapper was GUNNED down Monday morning!
The young rapper, real name Theodore Jones, who was highlighted by Rolling Stone as “one of the 10 artists you need to know” in 2016″ was shot and killed overnight outside a Waffle House.
The deadly shooting was reported just after 1:30 a.m. Monday at the Waffle House in the 2900 block of Elysian Field Avenue.
New Orleans police said gunfire broke out, and officers found the victim facedown in the street with a gunshot wound to the back. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said the victim’s vehicle was taken by the shooters, officials said.
Jones’ mother, Jeanine Rose, said her son was in New Orleans for a funeral and was supposed to have been back in Atlanta on Sunday.
Rose said her son graduated from Kennedy High in 2002, was never violent and did not carry a gun. His breakout single “Moolah” earned Jones a gold plaque.
He was last signed to Cash Money, the record label founded by Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams. Jones’ predecessors at the label include Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake.
According to Rolling Stone’s profile of Jones in 2016, the rapper’s hit “Moolah” has more than 3 million YouTube streams and 2 million SoundCloud plays.
Police have not released a motive in the shooting. Detectives released a photo of a person of interest in the homicide. Officials said Monday afternoon that the individual photographed from surveillance video is being sought for questioning.
R.I.P. Young Greatness…. it makes the visuals from his video ‘Moolah’ even more hauntingly real…