(Candlelight vigil for Money Clip D in Houston)
I've never seen a cross-eyed possum. And I've never seen Trae tha Truth without Dominic Levar Brown, fondly known as Money Clip D. Brown, 34, was Trae's indispensable right-hand man, best friend, and brother from another. Trae calls him Mr. ABN. Brown was fatally shot outside Houston, Texas, after-hours club Breakers on Friday, November 25, less than 24 hours after passing out Thanksgiving turkeys to the needy.
According to the official Houston Police Department report, there was an altercation between two groups at Breakers. The argument spilled into the parking lot with the feuding parties trading gunshots. Brown and his friends were not involved. When the bar closed at 5:30 a.m., Brown went to his car. While speaking to two female friends outside the driver's window, an unknown black male began shooting at the car, striking Brown and fleeing the scene.
(Trae tha Truth at candlelight vigil)
Trae got the call about Brown's shooting while asleep in his home and sped to the hospital immediately. Brown was already dead. "People are calling him 'associate of Trae'," Trae tells Rap Fix. "That's false. He wasn't my associate. He was my brother. This has been one of the most difficult weeks of my life."
Indeed, Brown was a prominent fixture in Trae's endless community activities, always affable and never without a smile or a cellphone in sight. "He was involved in everything I did," he adds. "You had to go through him to get to me. We had all kinds of different plans. Every single thing, I did he was involved in."
One of those plans was an emergency children's shelter Trae hopes to launch through his nonprofit organization, Angel By Nature (ABN). Others were music-related. "Before anyone sends anything to me, Clip had to come sit in the room and listen like, 'Yeah, yeah, OK, that's good.'"
But music is the farthest thing from Trae's mind right now. There's a slew of services to attend, a funeral to organize, people to console. Wednesday night, hundreds of his supporters braved the uncharacteristically frigid Houston weather to honor Brown with a candlelight vigil at Amity Park. The service was overflowing with friends, family, and local celebs, including NBA Forward Rashard Lewis.
Hip-hop peers Bun B, Wyclef Jean, Lupe Fiasco, Yo Gotti, and Rich Boy have also reached out to express their condolences to Trae and the Brown family.
Before heading out to Breakers on Friday, Brown was at home doing what he did best--taking care of others. "He had just taught Baby Houston (Trae's son) how to ride a tricycle," Trae recalls. Trae captured it on video. It was their last moment together. Clip D's wake will be held on Friday night (December 2) from 7-9 pm at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Houston.