News: Rapper Dies After Proclaiming Drake's "YOLO" Catchphrase [Video]

Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 9:43PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

An up-and-coming rapper reportedly died recently and is making headlines for tweeting hip-hop star Drake's "You Only Live Once (YOLO)" catchphrase prior to his fatal drunk driving crash.

According to reports, the rapper's death occurred on Memorial Day in Ontario, California.

At a time when activists are calling for more responsibility in hip-hop, the genre finds itself under the microscope again. People are blaming "YOLO (You Only Live Once)," an expression popularized by Drake, for the death of five young men in Ontario, [California]. Ervin McKinness, who rapped as Inkky, thumbed several YOLO tweets before his death. McKinness and four other 20-somethings died in a drunk driving accident on Labor Day in Ontario, Canada. Marquell Bogan (23), Dylan George (20), Jonathan Watson (21), and JaJuan Bennett (23) also died in the crash. (Rap About)

The rapper, amongst friends, admitted to driving over 100 miles per hour on his Twitter page.

A tweet may have provided details to the reasons for a one-car crash that killed five young men on Sunday. "Drunk (expletive) going 120 drifting corners," was posted at 1:19 a.m. Sunday on the Twitter account belonging to @ink2flashyy. The post ended with the acronym Y.O.L.O., which means "You Only Live Once." The account belonged to Ervin McKinness, 21, of Ontario. He was one of the five men killed in the crash about 1:40 a.m. Monday at Creekside Drive and Haven Avenue. (SB Sun)

Reports claim Drizzy made the "You Only Live Once" popular last year courtesy of his "The Motto" record.

"Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #F--kIt YOLO," was posted at 1:19 AM Monday on the McKinness' Twitter account (@ink2flashyy.) "YOLO" is the acronym for "You Only Live Once." The four letters are often used on the social networking site. (Drake popularized the acronym on the track "The Motto." "You only live once, that's the motto, ni--a Yolo / We bout it every day, every day, every day / Like we sitting on the bench, ni--a we don't really play ," the Young Money MC raps on the track.) (VIBE)

Last year, Drake revealed plans to drop a joint Rick Ross mixtape called Y.O.L.O.

Drake revealed to XXL that the much talked about joint album withLil Wayne is on the back burner, possibly for good, but he and Rick Ross have been exchanging ideas for a duet mixtape. "I have been working on a mixtape with Ross," Drake said. "A mixtape called Y.O.L.O. [That means] 'You Only Live Once'. I've been working on that for the last couple of weeks. We haven't really connected because he's been going through this thing with his health. I've been stashing my little beats and verses." (XXL Mag)

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