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Lil Snupe
Lil Snupe in 2012
Born
Addarren La Keith Ross

(1995-06-13)June 13, 1995
DiedJune 20, 2013(2013-06-20) (aged 18)
Cause of deathGunshot wounds
Occupations
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
AgentDJ Smallz[1]
Musical career
Genres
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
Years active2012-2013
Labels

Addarren Ross (/ˈædærən/; June 13, 1995 – June 20, 2013), known professionally as Lil Snupe, was an American rapper from Jonesboro, Louisiana signed to Meek Mill's record label Dream Chasers Records. His death at a young age was honored by several hip hop musicians and made him the subject of numerous musical tributes and documentaries.

Early life[edit]

Addarren Ross was born on June 13, 1995[2] in Jonesboro, Louisiana.[3] He was raised in Jonesboro, primarily by his mother Denesha Chester. His father, Charlie Brown, was incarcerated for most of his life, and at the time of his death, his father was released.

According to testimony by a family friend, Lil Snupe's mother had him when she was approximately 14 or 15 years old.[4] According to accounts by Lil Snupe's mother Denesha Ross, the rapper struggled in school and was expelled three times.[5]

Career[edit]

2012–2013 Career beginnings and R.N.I.C[edit]

In 2012, Lil Snupe released his debut mixtape, 16 & Runnin: Tha Mixtape.

According to Lil Snupe, he signed to Meek Mill's record label Dream Chasers Records after sending out a demo to the rapper during his tour stop at the Grambling University in Louisiana.[6] Meek Mill describes coming back from the airport and being approached by Lil Snupe during an interview with Complex magazine: "We were on our way back to the airport, a little kid knocked on the window and gave us a demo. We listened to it, we liked it and he popped up in Philly one day and was hanging with us."[7] In March 2013, he released his single "Nobody Does It Better", a collaboration with his mentor American rapper Meek Mill.[8][9] In April 2013, he released his mixtape R.N.I.C with appearances from Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Twinn U, Jay Knoxx, Trae Tha Truth, Tay, Curren$y and Big Poppa.[10]

2013–present: Posthumous releases[edit]

In December 2014, the single "Meant 2 Be" featuring Boosie Badazz was posthumously released.[11] In January 2015, his posthumous album R.N.I.C 2 (Jonesboro), the sequel to his April 2013 mixtape, was scheduled for release in February of that year.[12] In March 2016, Lil Snupe's team post-humously released his single "Comeback Freestyle" alongside an accompanying music video.[13] In December 2016, a 12-track album titled 16 & Runnin Resurrected with appearances from rappers C'Nyle, Money Bagz, Jemouri, and Raidcal was posthumously released by his family.[14]

Death[edit]

Shooting and subsequent arrests[edit]

Killing of Lil Snupe
Winnfield is located in Louisiana
Winnfield
Winnfield
Winnfield (Louisiana)
Winnfield is located in the US
Winnfield
Winnfield
Winnfield (the US)
Location of Ross' shooting in Winnfield, Louisiana
LocationWinnfield, Louisiana, U.S.
DateJune 20, 2013; 11 years ago (2013-06-20)
4:00 a.m. (CDT)
Attack type
Homicide by shooting
VictimAddarren Ross, a.k.a. Lil Snupe, aged 18
MotiveUnder investigation
AccusedAlleged shooter:
Tony Holden
Alleged accomplices:
Edrick O. Stewart
ChargesHolden:

Ross was killed on June 20, 2013 after being shot twice in the chest. He was 18 years old.[15] Officers responded to calls of a shooting at around 4:00 a.m at the Maplewood Apartments in Winnfield, Louisiana, on 1901 South Jones Street, and Ross was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics were unable to revive him. The Associated Press reported that an argument broke out during a video game and culminated in the shooting death of Ross.[16] On June 26, 2013, 36-year-old Tony Holden, the alleged killer, turned himself in to authorities and was booked into the Winnfield city jail on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.[17][18] A second suspect, 21-year-old Edrick O. Stewart, was arrested on July 3, 2013 and charged with manslaughter.[19] In a November 2022 interview on the podcast Boss Talk 101, Ross' mother Denesha Chester revealed that the shooting was allegedly the result of a gambling argument involving the video game NBA 2K.[20]

Funeral and tributes[edit]

On June 21, 2013, Meek Mill posted a series of tweets on his Twitter account expressing his grief over Ross' death.[21] Later that month, he revealed that Rick Ross had wanted Snupe on the MMG compilation album Self Made Vol. 3, and shared text messages in which he inquired the rapper about a feature.[22] Snupe's vocals were included on the album, on the track "Lil Snupe Intro". During an interview with XXL on June 20, 2013, rapper Turk said that he was about to release a collaboration with Snupe before his death.[23]

Ross' funeral was held on June 29 at Jonesboro-Hodge High School. According to the HuffPost, hundreds of people were reportedly in attendance.[3] In July 2017, Meek Mill released the music video for his single "We Ball" that featured Young Thug as a tribute to Ross that featured a segment of Ross' freestyle rapping and imagery surrounding the themes of funerals and cemeteries.[24] In April 2021, Ross' father Charlie Brown, recently released from prison, documented his first visit to his son's grave and mentioned being disappointed that his son did not have a monument dedicated to him or a headstone, blaming Meek Mill and Jay-Z for its condition.[25] In October 2021, Meek Mill released the song "Angels (RIP Lil Snupe)".[26]

Legacy[edit]

In January 2019, rapper Asian Doll named Lil Snupe as one of her lyrical influences for an interview for hip hop magazine XXL.[27] In July 2020, rapper GlitchMan named Lil Snupe as one of his influences.[28] In September 2021, a documentary titled The Dream Chaser which featured the life and career of Lil Snupe was screened at DocuFest 2021 in Dallas, Texas.[29] In March 2022, during an interview with hip hop magazine AllHipHop, rapper NLE Choppa named Lil Snupe when asked about his favorite rappers.[30]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • R.N.I.C. 2 (Jonesboro) (2019)[31]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 16 & Runnin: Tha Mixtape (2012)
  • R.N.I.C. (2013)
  • R.N.I.C. Re-Visited (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lil Snupe, Meek Mill Protege, Dead at 18". Hollywood Reporter. June 20, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  2. ^ "The Current Status of Every Murdered Rapper's Case". XXL. November 6, 2022. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Lil Snupe Funeral Attended By Hundreds As Slain Rapper Laid To Rest In Hometown (REPORT)". HuffPost. June 30, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  4. ^ "Lil Snupe: His Mother's Heart Is Broken After Tragic Death". Hollywood Life. June 25, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  5. ^ "A Local Doc About a Slain Rapper Aims for Catharsis Through Cinema". D Magazine. September 29, 2021. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  6. ^ "Meek Mill Signs Lil Snupe 20 Minutes After Getting His Demo". MTV. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  7. ^ "Meek Mill On Lil Snupe: "I've Never Seen Nobody Like That."". Complex. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  8. ^ "Nobody Does It Better". HotNewHipHop. March 30, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  9. ^ "Listen: Lil Snupe f/ Meek Mill "Nobody Does It Better"". Complex. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  10. ^ "R.N.I.C." HotNewHipHop. April 14, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  11. ^ "Meant 2 Be". HotNewHipHop. December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  12. ^ "Posthumous Lil Snupe Album "RNIC 2 (Jonesboro)" Scheduled For Release". AllHipHop. January 14, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  13. ^ "Lil Snupe Is Remembered in "Comeback Freestyle" Video". XXL. March 24, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  14. ^ "LIL SNUPE'S FAMILY UNLEASHES NEW MUSIC & DOCUMENTARY TEASER". HipHopDX. December 26, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  15. ^ "Lil Snupe, Meek Mill Protégé, Dead At 18". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  16. ^ "Suspect in rapper's Lil Snupe's death surrenders". Associated Press. June 25, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  17. ^ "Suspect in Louisiana Rap Artist's Murder Arrested". ABC News. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  18. ^ "UPDATE: Police Have a Suspect in Lil Snupe Murder". KNOE-TV. Archived from the original on June 26, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
  19. ^ "Lil Snupe Suspect #2 Arrested For Fatal Shooting". MTV. Archived from the original on December 10, 2022. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  20. ^ "Mama Snupe on Lil Snupe Killer went to the Funeral with Me and Lived at My Mothers House (Part 7)". Boss Talk 101. November 29, 2022 – via YouTube.
  21. ^ "MEEK MILL REACTS TO LIL SNUPE'S DEATH". XXL. June 21, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  22. ^ "Lil Snupe Was Tapped By Rick Ross For 'Self Made 3' Before Death". MTV. Archived from the original on December 9, 2022. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  23. ^ "Turk Reminisces On Lil Snupe: "He Was About To Blow Up"". XXL. June 20, 2013. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  24. ^ "See Meek Mill Pay Tribute to Lil Snupe in 'We Ball' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  25. ^ "Lil Snupe's Father Documents His First Visit to Son's Grave After Serving Prison Sentence". Complex. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  26. ^ "MEEK MILL DROPS VISUALS FOR TRIBUTE SONG "ANGELS (RIP LIL SNUPE)"". GRM Daily. October 9, 2021. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  27. ^ "Asian Doll Focuses on Unity for Next Move in Her Career". XXL. January 11, 2019. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  28. ^ "New Video: GlitchMan ft. Pooh Shiesty "Exotic"". Respect. July 13, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  29. ^ "Lil Snupe Documentary being filmed Tonight at DocuFest". Dallas Weekly. September 30, 2021. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  30. ^ "NLE Choppa Talks 'Me vs. Me,' Tupac's Influence, Wellness, Fatherhood, Polygamy & More". AllHipHop. March 17, 2022. Retrieved December 10, 2022.
  31. ^ "Lil Snupe Posthumously Releasing 'RNIC 2 (Jonesboro)' Album". XXL Mag. January 9, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2023.

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