Sometimes stories thematically follow in threes, each on the heels of the first. Tonight, we go from happy to sad. From joy to pain and then to death. And our theme? Rap. The music, not the quick knuckle-tap the nuns used to give you at your Catholic middle school.
- Khaliyl Llolyi, little rapper
1. Two year old Khaliyl Llolyi is the offspring of Femi (Smoothflow) and Roucheo Lloyi from the gospel hip-hop duo, Royal Priesthood.
Did that make any sense to you? Me neither. I have never heard of any of these cooly-named individuals. Roucheo? Is that some European Oscar the Grouchish dude?
In the video, Khaliyl raps with a family friend named Alim Kamara. And he is two-years old. He speaks in baby language, his native tongue. And he is two-years old. It is funny. The video is homemade and spontaneous. Have I mentioned that he is two-years old?
2. John Atterberry, a former rap-music executive was shot in Los Angeles:
- John Atterberry
A former Death Row Records vice president, John Atterberry, remains in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, one of several victims caught Friday in a Hollywood street rampage conducted by a distraught 26-year-old gunman.
Atterberry was driving his Mercedes coupe when Tyler Brehm started shooting at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood Friday. . .
Atterberry, a founder of Mergela Records and Consulting, also helped create the music publishing company Infusion Music Group.
Oddly, or not oddly, very few mainstream press folks are reporting that the shooter yelled “Allah Akbar” during the rampage. Is Tyler Muslim and is this a jihadic gesture? The press seems not the slightest bit curious.
- John Atterberry, with former VP Dick Cheney, victim of gunman yelling Allah Ackbar
3. The last rap story is a sad one. It also involves a toddler, but the poor kid dies. During the filming of a rap video, some degenerates drive by the set and shoot into the crowd. And Hiram Lawrence is seriously wounded, to sadly die later:
A one-year-old boy shot in a hail of gunfire last month is to be taken off life support today after tests found he has no brain activity.
- Hiriam Lawrence
Hiram Lawrence was shot in the head when an six gunmen targeted a group filming a rap video in Oakland, California on November 28.
Earlier this week, doctors at the city’s Children’s Hospital found that the youngster, whose second birthday is just weeks away, was brain dead.
Truly, it sounded like a brutal drive-by. Gang wars. Beefs. Turf battles. Chickens. Longstanding grudges. Angry flare-ups. All these probably contributed to this:
Witnesses say 20-30 people had gathered at in the city’s West Oakland neighbourhood to film a rap music video at around 6pm when the suspects opened fire with automatic weapons.
- Norman Bobino, uncle of Hiriam Lawrence
Three from the targeted group are then thought to have fired back.
Investigators found dozens of bullet casings near a parking lot close to the Nimitz Freeway and the U.S. Post Office, which suggested at least six gunmen were involved.
Police reported finding blood on the street and later established the incident started when dozens of people gathered in a liquor store parking lot, drinking and shooting a music video just after dark.
Somehow, the parents are dealing with the tragic aftermath. Norman Bobino, Hiriam’s uncle, spoke to the press about the grief they were living through.