BTY YoungN, a New Orleans native and a member of Birdman's Rich Gang crew, was shot and killed on Saturday night, according to multiple reports.
The artist born Desmone Jerome was reportedly shot at a Shell gas station on the 9200 block of Airline Highway in Hollygrove, New Orleans around 11 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
BTN YoungN is recognizable from a 2016 video with Birdman where the Cash Money boss flaunts a gold toilet, along with other social media videos with Birdman. He started rapping at 14, and said that he ditched the street life after landing on two tracks from Juvenile's album Cocky & Confident. He had also survived a shooting before.
"He was a very uplifting individual. A very positive individual. Very impactful," said Glenn Bell, who identified himself as Jerome's cousin to Nola.com. "...He's going to live on."
Watch below for an interview with BTY YoungN from January 2017.