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BALTIMORE (AP) — A rising Baltimore rapper who advocated for nonviolence and whose lyrics often reflected the city’s trauma has been shot and killed.

The Baltimore Sun reports 24-year-old Dominic Gantt, known professionally as Nick Breed, was found mortally wounded Sunday night and pronounced dead at a hospital.

The newspaper called him a street rapper with a calm delivery and a melodic side. He collaborated with higher profile Baltimore artists such as YBS Skola and Young Moose. His YouTube videos got between 10,000 and 545,000 views.

Baltimore director James Jones helped produce several Nick Breed music videos. Gantt was finding his faith in God and was planning a video set in a church, he said.

“He was growing, he was up-and-coming,” Jones said. “He definitely had a following on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. He had a good fan base.”

Last year, local radio station 92Q posted his video, “The Purge.” Just days ago, he reached an important milestone with an appearance on the YouTube freestyle series, “No Ghostwriter” hosted by Jay Hill.

Gantt advocated for nonviolence. Last month, the city’s deadliest in more than a year, he tweeted : “I wanna see the murder rate in Bmore drop. Words worse than bullets spread that message Rt if you agree if ppl mind their business they a live longer.”


This story has been corrected to say his last name was Gantt, not Grant.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun,