Some sad news tonight: 24-years-young New Orleans bounce star Nicky Da B has passed away "after a brief illness," the Times-Picayune reports. The still-rising star, whose real name: Nickesse Toney, was best known for his fiery guest spot on Diplo's "Express Yourself" (watch above), as well as his regional hit "Hot Potato Style", off Don't Forget About Da B.
His management confirmed the news with a statement: "It is with heaviness in our hearts today that we confirm the passing of Nicky Da B. Nicky was a beautiful soul and we are grateful for his magnetic personality and loving spirit. We were inspired by his talent as much as his tireless optimism and humility. Our condolences go out to his family at this time."
He was not only an important figure for New Orleans.. Bounce music.. He was a good friend and gave me one of my defining songs .— CATEGORY 6 PLURICANE (@diplo) September 2, 2014
He was an amazing writer and had one of a kind voice .. We working on an album for mad decent ....— CATEGORY 6 PLURICANE (@diplo) September 2, 2014
Rest in peace @NickyDaB— CATEGORY 6 PLURICANE (@diplo) September 2, 2014