Miami rapper Trina has finally stepped forward to speak out on losing her brother earlier this year to gun violence and how she still cannot believe he is gone.
The “Baddest Chick” said she has used music and live performances to help alleviate the pain.
However, juggling onstage duties and emotional turmoil proved to be the night’s biggest triumph for the 34-year-old rap star. In April, the Miami native’s 19-year-old brother Wilbrent “Gonk” Bain was murdered in a violent gun altercation. Admitting the tragic loss sends her to a “very dark place,” the Diamond Princess says performing among her peers helps her cope, if only for a few moments. “I got on that [BMI Awards] stage, performed and smiled, but honestly, I’m numb,” she says. “There’s nothing in the world that could make me really understand that my brother is not here and I can’t get on the phone and say something to him. Sometimes I look at the text messages or look at the phone and still dial his number. Right before hitting that stage, I was literally in tears like, wow, he could’ve been here with me. But [I put on] a brave face, and when it was done, I felt happy.” (Karen Civil)
Back in late April, reports of the hip-hop artist’s brother losing his life surfaced across media outlets.
The brother of the famous female rapper Trina was shot and killed Tuesday morning in northwest Miami, residents said. Wilbrent Bain, who goes by the nickname “Gonk,” was shot at about 10 a.m. on Northwest 91st Street, neighbors said. Bain lived his entire life in northwest Miami, where he is well known. “Now, I’m hurt because this man is gone for no reason at all,” neighbor Demetrius Hammond said. “He was a close friend to me.” “He’s a very good kid,” family friend the Rev. Gary Johnson said. “It’s unfortunate. It’s a terrible tragedy.” (NBC Miami)
Once the story broke, reports claimed there was at least one person in police custody
Miami-Dade Police said someone is in custody, but they have not released that person’s name. Bain survived a shooting in 2008 and had a record of gun possession, burglary, drugs, and domestic violence involving strangulation, records showed. Neighbors told NBC 6 that Bain and the man who shot him were friends and lived around the corner from each other at Northwest 91st Street and 24th Avenue. Mutual friends said they think an ongoing fight between the two got out of hand. “It hit me hard because I just talked to him,” said a neighbor who only wanted to go by “Trimel.” “This killing has to stop. It has to. All of us grew up together and that’s just senseless.” “We need to take our black folks back,” neighbor CJ James said. “All of us need to be united and come together.” Trimel suggested easy access to weapons contributes to the violence. “It’s a gun problem more than anything because anyone can just get a gun,” the neighbor said. “I guarantee if you walk around this neighborhood now I bet you you’ll get it.” (NBC Miami)
Outside of the loss, Trina recently talked about her chemistry working alongside rumored boyfriend French Montana.
“Hi Angie,” Trina said. “Hi Angie! Thank-you. … I’ve been working out. He actually did executive produce the mixtape and it was great, it was amazing. It was great to have his energy. He’s very creative. Believe it or not and very focused when it comes to the studio — the chemistry was really great for me to cling on to him and work on more projects and more music. He put together a lot of great records for the mixtape.” (“The Angie Martinez Show”)