Young Slo-Be, Stockton Rapper, Shot Dead at 29

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Stockton, California rapper Young Slo-Be has died, the rapper’s project manager at Thizzler on the Roof confirmed to Pitchfork. According to CBS News, Slo-Be was involved in a shooting in Manteca, California and was found dead Friday morning (August 5). “Our whole team mourns him and are shaken to think of the loss of his massive potential to this senseless act of violence,” Slo-Be’s project manager told Pitchfork. Young Slo-Be was 29 years old.

“It was an honor to work with Slo-Be the last couple of years and we’re heartbroken to say goodbye,” Thizzler on the Roof wrote in a statement posted to the company’s social media channels. “Our hearts are heavy, and our condolences go out to his family and loved ones.⁠»

Young Slo-Be was a prominent figure in the Stockton rap scene that he shared with acts like EBK Young Joc, BounceBackMeek, EBK JaayBo, and the EBK Hotboiiz crew. As Pitchfork’s Alphonse Pierre wrote in a recent column, “EBK JaayBo and Young Slo-Be made the California city of Stockton’s rap scene a must-follow.”

Slo-Be’s verses frequently referenced his block on Nightingale Avenue, with a Nightingale street sign included on the cover of his recent project Southeast. His song “I Love You,” which prominently samples Mariah Carey’s “Circles,” became popular on TikTok, and has been featured in more than 19,000 videos on the platform to-date. “I Love You” originally appeared on Slo-Be’s August 2021 album Slo-Be Bryant 3, which also included the Drakeo the Ruler collaboration “Unforgivable.”

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