Police investigated a homicide outside Street Execs Studio early Saturday morning in Atlanta, 11 Alive reported. A rap artist in his 20s was shot and died while in transit to the hospital, they said. The man is believed to have been rapper Bankroll Fresh. At 2:00 a.m. EST, the man’s name and information regarding suspects or a motive had not been released, and police were awaiting a search warrant. More than 50 shell casings were reportedly found outside the studio, which 2 Chainz is a part owner of.
Bankroll began releasing music around 2007. In the years since, he’d collaborated with Gucci Mane, Travis Porter, Zaytoven, Future, Mike WiLL Made It, Metro Boomin, and been praised by artists including Earl Sweatshirt and Erykah Badu.
In a January interview with The FADER, he described his life in 2007: “I was in the streets, running around. I was hustling. But I also was going to the studio because I had seen the bigger picture. I knew I wasn’t gonna be able to make millions just running around in the streets because first of all your name will get too hot, they’ll try to knock you off. Or, I’ll get too piped up, a nigga might try to rob me. I shoot him, he shoot me. That’s just how this shit goes in Atlanta this shit real, for real. And motherfuckers don’t know it because they be so caught up in the “Okay, well, Atlanta. The music. The glamor. They ball. The strip club.” They don’t know. I done seen this city swallow motherfuckers.”
Early Saturday, artists and fans paid tribute to Fresh:
Man I'm a fan of Bru and always will be , I'm in shock at the moment !! Senseless deaths we just got to stop it , I'm speaking up now 🙏🏿— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) March 5, 2016
Whyyyyyyyyyyy am I seeing "RIP Bankroll Fresh" in my timeline right now!?— Mike Hinson (@HinsonMike) March 5, 2016
damn hearing bankroll fresh died... he rocked FG day off in ATL then drove up to NYC the next day just to play again, such a positive dude— N*I*C*K (@catchdini) March 5, 2016