Detroit rapper and member of the BandGang collective Paid Will has reportedly passed away. Multiple outlets began reporting on his death early Tuesday morning (Dec. 1), with some outlets claiming that the 27-year-old was fatally shot. At the time of publishing, the cause of Will’s death has not yet been confirmed.
The tragic news arrives just months after the death of fellow BandGang member Jizzle P, who was fatally shot in late September. According to local news outlet Fox 2, the 25-year-old rapper had been sitting in a parked car in his driveway when a suspect opened fire on him and another victim. Tragically, Jizzle passed away in front of his mother, who was inside the house.
After news of Paid Will’s passing circulated online, fans and fellow artists took to social media to pay tribute to the late rapper and mourn the loss of both BandGang members.
“Bandgang yall played a significant role in my teenage years and I thank yall for every moment,” one fan tweeted. “I hate this shit happening bro I’ll never understand But RIP Paid Will RIP Bandgang Aj & Bandgana Jizzle P.”
“Rest Easy Paid Will & Jizzle P, two legends the city lost this year, in less than a month,” another wrote. “Detroit knows how much of impact they had and more. Everyone be safe & prayers to Bandgang & Shredgang.”
Los Angeles hip hop trio clipping. also paid their respects to Will on Twitter and shared his recent collaboration with Ohgeesy, “Pin Drop.”
“Damn. Just played this song in a radio mix like last week,” the trio wrote. “RIP.”
Fans and artists also took to Instagram to comment their remembrances on Will’s most recent post, which he shared on Thanksgiving.
“Picc up the phone bro, this shit can’t be true!” Atlanta-based MC Crash Rarri commented. The rapper collaborated with Will on his latest album, Applying Pressure.
“1st ni**a from Detroit to show me genuine love on the music side, Put me on his tape and put the city on to my music, we was suppose to shoot ‘Blue Hunnits’ literally last week,” Crash wrote in his own tribute post. “I’m tired of ni**as dyin bro!! REST UP [Paid Will]!! Shit fuccin me up smh.”
Fellow BandGang members also reacted to Will’s death online, with Masoe tweeting, “I’m crushed lil bro I’m sorry.”
Will was best known for his role in the BandGang collective. The Motor City-based crew was formed in 2008 and spawned records like 2015’s Untouchable, WDW 2 and, most recently, In Too Deep.
See tributes to the late rapper below. Rest in Peace.