Bounce Star Nicky Da B, of 'Express Yourself,' Is Dead at 24

Big Freedia confirms the terrible news about the New Orleans rapper and Diplo collaborator

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Nicky Da B at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin Photo by Rebecca Smeyne for SPIN
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New Orleans bounce rapper Nicky Da B, famous for his fiery and genre-bending appearance on Diplo's "Express Yourself," has passed away at the age of 24 according to scattered reports. Though details on Nicky's alleged death are still scarce, bounce pioneer Big Freedia confirmed the news on Twitter a short while ago. According to The Times-Picayune, who spoke to the artist's manager, the man born Nickesse Toney "passed away after a brief illness."

More as we hear it, but watch the joyful "Express Yourself" video below.


Update: Nicky's management has confirmed the rapper's death with a statement.

It is with heaviness in our hearts today that we confirm the passing of Nicky Da B.  Nicky was a beautiful soul and we will always be grateful for his magnetic personality and loving spirit. We were inspired by his talent as much as his tireless optimism, compassion and humility. Our condolences go out to his family at this time.

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