Smoke Dawg, Toronto-Based Rapper Who Opened For Drake, Shot Dead At 21
Jahvante Smart, who’s better known under his Smoke Dawg alias, was killed Saturday evening. He was 21 years old.
SMOKE DAWG DEAD AT 21
The Toronto-based rapper was a victim of a shooting that occurred Saturday night around 8 p.m. Toronto police officers arrived on the scene after gunshots were fired, finding three victims. Two men with life threatening wounds were transported to a trauma center while the third, a woman with non-life threatening injuries, was taken to a local hospital. The suspects in the shooting may have fled in a black SUV or a white car, according to the Toronto police.
City mayor John Tory referred to the gruesome attack as “gang-related violence,” and has expressed that he’s “damn mad” about the increased frequency at which they’re occurring. “This city has always been safe and the objective is to keep it safe,” Tory asserts. “These are people, some of these people who are out on bail and have been doing this repeatedly, involved with gangs who are the only ones that pose a threat to the safety of this city and that’s why I think they should be kept behind bars.”
Smoke Dawg is perhaps best known for his “Trap House” remix, which he collaborated on with French Montanna. Hamida Sheiku, a member of the Regent Park community, described Smoke Dawg as a significant member of the community. Another local, Firaaz Azeezm, was upset by the rapper’s death.
The rapping community was saddened by the loss, with Drake tweeting an image of the two of them performing together. “All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating,” Drake expressed in his message. “I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.” Mustafa the Poet, a close friend of Smoke Dawg’s, also tweeted out a tribute.
Drake via his IG story. RIP Smoke Dawg pic.twitter.com/xRnKVZzncX
— Drake Direct (@DrakeDirect_) July 1, 2018
Smokey is gone, may our prayers follow him to heaven
— Mustafa (@MustafaThePoet) July 1, 2018
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