Nick Breed, Rapper Whose Lyrics Reflected Baltimore's Pain, Fatally Shot at 24

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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 that 24-year-old Dominic Grant, 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.

Baltimore director James Jones helped produce several Nick Breed music videos and described his friend as “up-and-coming” with a good fanbase. His YouTube videos got between 10,000 and 545,000 views.

Last month, the city’s deadliest in more than a year, he tweeted his desire to see the murder rate drop.