News: Huey Dropped From Nelly Concert, Fatal Drive-By Shooting Spooks Promoters
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 11:00AM
St. Louis rapper Baby Huey was reportedly dropped from a concert alongside Nelly and the St. Lunatics over the weekend after reports emerged that he may have been the target of a triple-homicide in his hometown earlier this month.
The last-minute decision was reportedly made prior to the show's start.
Fans were informed that 21 year-old rapper Huey, best known for his 2007 hit single "Pop, Lock & Drop It" had been scratched from the line-up at the last minute. Huey was asked to not perform because he may have been the target of a triple-homicide that occurred in downtown St. Louis earlier this month. In that incident, three men were gunned down on Friday, May 8. They had just left a concert by rapper Yo Gotti at Club Society, located near Union Station and were idling at a stoplight when another car pulled up alongside them and fired multiple times, killing them instantly. DJ AJ from The Beat (100.3 FM), the organizer and promoter of Sunday's show, said the decision to remove Huey from the bill was made on Saturday night when Pageant management told him that St. Louis police believe Huey was in the vicinity of the May 8 drive-by. (Riverfront Times)
The drive-by reportedly took place around 3 a.m.
Police are looking for suspects after three men in a sport utility vehicle were shot to death after leaving a downtown St. Louis nightclub. The shooting happened at 2:30 a.m. when the victims stopped at a stoplight at the intersection of Market Street and 18th, near Union Station. Another vehicle pulled up next to the SUV. At least two men in that vehicle began shooting. Police say it appears the shooters were targeting the men in the SUV. All three victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the victims have not been released. Police say all three were in their late 20s or early 30s. (KMOX News)
The performance reportedly featured a variety of artists.
100.3 the Beat radio station's May Day Beat Fest, a multi-act Derrty DJs hip-hop party with national and local talent, was running along smoothly and mostly on time before rolling off the track with the St. Lunatics. Gorilla Zoe, Bad Boy's most gutter rapper, performed songs from his new CD. While there were a few no-shows, including Ace Hood and St. Louis rapper Huey, there were also a few surprises, including rapper Twista and Rich Boy. (STL Today)
Huey made his major album debut around two years ago.
Songs such as "Oh" and "Pop, Lock & Drop It" became local favorites among DJs and promoters, further pushing Huey's mixtapes into college campuses and other surrounding mediums. One of these mixes, Unsigned Hype, which sold out of its 8,000 copies, caught the ear of producer TJ Chapman. Chapman later introduced the budding rapper to Mickey "MeMpHiTz" Wright, Vice President of A&R at Jive Records, in early 2006. The Notebook Paper, Huey's Jive debut album, appeared in mid-2007. (All Music Guide)
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