News: Slain NYC Shooter Battled Kanye West On 2008's "Hood Fab" [Video]

Monday, Dec 14, 2009 9:00AM

Written by Biz Jones

An aspiring rapper slain by New York City police last week during a shoot-out in Times Square reportedly out-witted Kanye West on an episode of "Hood Fab" in 2008.

Coincidentally, both incidents took place around the same exact location.

Raymond "Ready" Martinez pulled out a cheap come-from-behind victory over West in the 2008 episode of the show "Hoodfab" which was filmed outside MTV studios in Times Square. Martinez failed to answer simple hip-hop trivia questions like identifying a lyric from Slick Rick's seminal hit "Children's Story," or remembering the Tribe Called Quest song "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo." (New York Post)

Despite Kanye's rap knowledge, Martinez still defeated the Grammy-winning rapper.

In the game, Martinez couldn't identify a lyric from the Slick Rick's classic "Children's Story," or remember the Tribe Called Quest song "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo." But he managed to defeat West -- who had correctly answered prompts about legendary hip hop figures like Diamond D and Jeru the Damaja -- by correctly IDing all of the artists who performed on DJ Khaled's "We Taking Over." (Gothamist)

The up-and-coming emcee was fatally shot last Thursday (December 10).

A plainclothes officer shot Martinez, 25, in the passenger pickup area of the landmark Marriott Marquis Hotel after the officer asked the aspiring rapper for the tax stamp required for street hawkers to sell legally. Police say Martinez fled, firing at the officers with a stolen machine pistol before he was shot to death. (Associated Press)

According to reports, Martinez was running hustles to sell his music.

Martinez, a 25-year-old aspiring rapper, was part of an aggressive tourist scam where they approach tourists, ask them their names, then write the names on the CDs and demand $10. The bullets shattered a window at the Broadway Baby gift shop and a side window of the box office on the street. Yet despite the shoot-out and the controversy that is sure to follow whenever there is an officer-involved shooting that results in a death, things returned to "normal holiday bustle" at the hotel. One guest from Utah was even trying to take a picture of the crime scene. (Hotel Chatter)

Check out Raymond Martinez & Kanye West down below:

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