Drake Tourmate Rapper Smoke Dawg Killed

Drake, Smoke Dawg

Toronto Rapper Smoke Dawg Killed, Drake Responds

Jahvante Smart, better known as Toronto rapper Smoke Dawg ,was shot and killed in what news outlets call a “brazen daylight shooting” in downtown Toronto over the weekend. He participated in a European tour with Toronto’s biggest star, Drake, last year and was gaining popularity in their hometown.

Stories and theories are circulating online about the reasoning behind his killing. Many believe he was killed for shooting a music video in a rival gang’s neighborhood. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
reported that Mayor John Tory blames gangs for a wave of violence in Toronto. Drake mourned his former tour mate in an Instagram story. He wrote,

All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating. I wish peace would wash over our city.

He continued,

So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.

Both the city of Toronto and the hip hop community poured out their condolences on social media. Panoramic Records A&R Noah Miller commented,

RIP Smokedawg.

It’s ridiculous our world has to come to this violence. Especially in a city I’m living in.

It’s disgusting to see people post videos online and act like this is normal.

Drake’s “God’s Plan” producer, Cardo, tweeted,

Prayers up for Smoke Dawg

Police have yet to comment on the incident. Read more on Smoke Dawg’s murder here. 

Please keep his family and friends in prayer.

By: Miata Shanay

Authored by: TJB Writer