New York rapper G Baby (real name: Gregory Brown), 22, was shot and killed in Queens, New York, early Saturday, a representative for the New York Police Department confirmed to MTV News on Monday (March 15). G Baby was signed to longtime Jay-Z associate Memphis Bleek's Get Low Records.
Bleek tweeted about G Baby Saturday, writing, "I'm in a mood I can't explain. I lost a real n---a 2day. R.I.P. to my n---a G Baby who was like a bro to me!! G. Baby ..." Before performing with Jay-Z in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Saturday night, he tweeted again: "2nite goes out for the baby boy G. I got u my n---- see u on the other side! Thx to those who showed me love ... Get Low we to strong to break!!"
Other friends of the rapper's tweeted about his death as well.
"R.I.P G BABY," Lloyd Banks wrote. "My boy*last time I seen u, we were mixing down [Banks' track] 'Beamer Benz or Bentley,' and u know who paid for everyone's food? Neva let me pay for sh--! That's the kind of n---a we lost."
"RIP 2 G Baby," Tony Yayo added.
"A! 1st and foremost RIP to the HOMIE G-BABY," Juelz Santana wrote. "We lost a good one. Everybody in Queens & Bklyn hold ya head. What up BAI!!!!"
"Life is not Promised ... Live Life to the fullest, & like there is no 2moro ... Lost a soldier in the field this morning ... R.I.P. G Baby," Fabolous wrote.
According to detective Marc Nell, a spokesperson for the NYPD, G Baby was shot multiple times in the torso by an unknown assailant at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Saturday on the corner of Archer Avenue and 143rd Street. He had been at Club Amazura, which is located just a couple of blocks away from the scene of the crime. When the authorities arrived, they found G and another black male shot. The other man, whose name is being withheld, was shot in the leg. Nell said it is still unclear whether the man was traveling with G Baby, was an innocent bystander, or was involved in the shooting. Nell said police believe that G Baby's shooting stems from an incident that took place at Amazura earlier in the night; Fabolous headlined a concert there that ended at around the time of the shooting. At press time, Nell said the investigation was ongoing and no suspects had been named.
G Baby's official MySpace page says the rapper was from the Tompkins Houses projects in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
G Baby had been a close confidant of Bleek's. Late in February, while speaking to MTV News, Memphis was very excited about jump-starting the careers of G Baby and other Get Low artists Calico and Proof.
"I been focused on a lot of things before I got focused on [my new] album," Bleek said. "I had to think of the release of when Jay [-Z] left Def Jam, 'What I'mma do with my career? Do I wanna still be under the umbrella or do my own thing?' So of course I came with the terms, I gotta do my own thing.
"I gotta do my own thing because I got a bunch of people behind me that's waiting for their shot," he added. "I got G Baby, my artists Cali, Proof that's been down with me for years. It's time to step out."