Rapper Slim 400, real name Vincent Cohran, was shot dead on Wednesday (8 December) in Inglewood, California. He was 33.
According to a statement from the Inglewood police department, the shooting occurred at approximately 7:50pm.
A spokesperson for the The Independent: “Inglewood patrol officers were in the general area patrolling when the possible sound of gun fire was heard. Officers responded to the area they believed the sound of gun fire originated from and discovered Mr Cohran down on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound.”
Slim 400 was transported to a local hospital for emergency traumatic care, where he was later pronounced dead by medical personnel.
It is currently unclear how many suspects were involved in the shooting, or why the Compton-raised rapper was attacked.
The shooting is currently under investigation, and the Inglewood police are asking anyone with information about the homicide to contact its detectives.
Two years ago, Slim 400 narrowly escaped death when he was was shot at multiple times in Los Angeles. The rapper claimed he was ambushed while visiting his family in Compton.
Following the life-threatening incident, the rapper revealed that one of his own family members had braved gunfire to drag Slim 400 to safety.
During a radio interview, Slim 400 said: “I hit the ground thinking it was over. My family came out, kept me alive, talking to me, dragging me in the house while they still shooting … My family, love her to death for just saving me. I just feel like I’m blessed just to be here ’cause I could have just died then and there.”
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Earlier on Thursday (9 December), Slim 400’s manager Mud Dollaz uploaded a photo of the rapper, urging him to “pull through”.
The caption read: “Pull thru not tryna hear the Bs I’m hear’n pray for Slim 400.”
Before an official confirmation, fan-made videos of the crime scene –7th Avenue and Manchester in Inglewood – were uploaded on YouTube, and #RIPSlim400 began trending on Twitter shortly after.
The rapper was born on 22 June 1988 to military parents in Frankfurt, Germany. The singer was reportedly extremely private and never disclosed the identity of his parents.
A rising star on the West Coast hip hop scene, Slim 400 was discovered and signed by Pu$haz Ink, the music label rapper YG attempted to launch with DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla Sign.
He was best known for the song “Bruisin’ which he performed with YG and Sad Boy Loko,
After news of Slim 400’s death broke, tributes to the rapper began pouring in on Twitter.
Singer Ty Dolla Sign tweeted a picture of himself with Slim 400 and said: “Long live $lim”
Quoting a previous tweet from Slim 400, rapper Vince Staples wrote: “Rest in peace”
Posted on 6 December, the rapper’s last tweet reads: “What we can’t do is start again. SO MAKE THE BEST NOW.”
A tweet on the social media account for hip-hop blog Passion Weiss read: “RIP Slim 400. A Compton gangsta rap prototype, an ambassador for a tradition, lineage, and history -- who made a whole lot of hard-as-hell rap songs full of sober gravity and blunt force.”
Slim 400 is reportedly survived by his 12-year-old daughter Parris.
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