St Louis rapper Huey, best known for his 2007 single “Pop, Lock and Drop It”, was killed in a double shooting on Thursday, June 25th in Kinloch, Missouri.
Huey, whose real name is Lawrence Franks Jr., was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival to the hospital, police said. There has been no arrest in connection with the shooting and a motive has not been determined, the Saint Louis County Police said. A second victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Huey’s hit “Pop, Lock & Drop It” was released in 2007 when he was a teenager and spent 23 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 6. In his later years, he recorded as apart of Waka Flaka Flame’s Brick Squad imprint.
William “Quayshaun” Carter, Que Records and Que Global Entertainment, CEO, states: “It is with great sadness that we share that a member of the Que Records family has passed on. It was a pleasure to work with Huey for the release of his Redemption album in 2009 with EMI. It was a happy time for us. It was Que Records’ first big release. It meant the world to us and Huey meant the world to us. His death is a tragic loss. Huey and his partner Rhome McGee were doing a lot for their community, hosting events and growing their self-funded clothing line.
“The violence has to stop. We can’t only be horrified when white cops kill Black men. We have to equally be concerned when Black men kill Black men. The day that we hold each other in the same value is the day that we finally gain the respect that we deserve as a people.
“We send our condolences to Huey’s daughter and to his family and friends. We ask that everyone keeps us in their prayers and not let his vision and dreams die with us. Let’s continue on the path of Black excellence.”