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.
I’m truly at a loss for words at the news that my friend + fellow Bounce artist @NickyDaB has passed away. #toomanyfunerals R.I.P NickyDaB
— Big Freedia (@bigfreedia) September 2, 2014
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@BLAINESODMG @NickyDaB @bigfreedia @wildwayne @JuggieOfNO can anyone confirm???
— CATEGORY 6 PLURICANE (@diplo) September 2, 2014
I OWE SO MUCH TO THE INCREDIBLE @NickyDaB. WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL, ALWAYS IN MY HEART. KEEPING FRIENDS & FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS. #FOREVER
— @ LIL INTERNET (@LILINTERNET) September 2, 2014
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.