From DC NBC News4, 22 August 2016.
Family and Community Mourn Teen Rapper
An 18-year-old Douglas Brooks, known as Swipey, was fatally shot near his home in Suitland, MD. Prince George’s County police said he was found fatally shot outside an apartment complex early Sunday morning.
Swipey was currently working with EpicCenter Stories program. Information and a video on this program can be found at EpicCentering the National Mall.
And Up-and-Coming Hip Hop Artist
Douglas Brooks’ manager, Kevin Baldwin, of the record label MOP3, told The Washington Post Swipey had already performed alongside rappers, including Fat Joe, CEO of Terror Squad Entertainment in the Bronx, NY, and member of music groups Diggin’ in the Crates Crew (DITC) and Terror Squad; and Wale, a Washington native.
“He wanted to give to the people his creation. He wanted to give the people his artistry and what he was about,” WPGC DJ Tony Redz told News4.
Redz recalled how the teen impressed him in the short time he knew him. “He performed and he shook every kid’s hand and he took every picture and that’s what the kids remember,” Redz said. “He took his stardom and he used it in a positive way to say ‘Hey kids, I’m from where you are.'”
The video for Swipey’s song “Intro” has been viewed more than 130,000 times on YouTube and was recorded in and around the Washington area.
Douglas Brooks graduated from high school at age 16 at the top of his class. Music is what he loved and what he chose to purse instead of accepting a college scholarship to Morgan State University.
“He made his own mark, made his own name,” Freda Brooks said. “He took his money allowance, everything, for studio time and did what he had to do.” Police said they don’t believe Douglas Brooks’ slaying was a random act of violence. They believe it was an ambush-style shooting but don’t have a motive.
Source: Family, Community Mourn Teen Rapper Shot, Killed | NBC4 Washington