Promising D.C. rapper Swipey, known for his substantial presence on the internet, was gunned down outside of his mother's residence in Prince George's County, Maryland early Sunday, [August 22]. He was 18-years-old.
Investigators have stated that they do not believe the murder was a random act and are continuing to gather information to determine a suspect and motive. Through statements made on behalf of Swipey's [born Douglas Brooks] family, manager Kevin Baldwin said that Swipey had gotten into an argument after a party at the Suitland home. The confrontation happened at around one a.m. and is said to have involved a girl he once courted. Baldwin conveyed that later on a car would drive up and fire on the M.O.P3 artist. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
News of Swipey's death sparked hashtag trends across Twitter. Having amassed an Instagram following of more than 40,000, Swipey was considered by many to be a budding star, with YouTube videos that tallied views in the hundreds of thousands to his name. Some of his viral hits include "Best Friend" and "Dirty", and notable collaborators include Shy Glizzy, Lil Durk, Fat Joe, Jazze Pha and Wale. Swipey had recently turned down a scholarship to Morgan State University to put his total focus on building a music career, recently dropping his debut album "Sorry Not Sorry."