‘Pop, Lock and Drop It’ Rapper Huey Shot and Killed at 32: Reports

Last night (June 26), St. Louis rapper, Huey, was reportedly shot and killed in the front yard of a home. He was 32.

FILE – In this June, 27, 2007 file photo, Rapper Huey performs onstage during MTV’s “Total Request Live” at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York. A St. Louis rapper who went by the stage name Huey was killed in a shooting that also wounded another man, authorities say. St. Louis County police said in a news release that the shooting happened just before 11 p.m. Thursday, June, 25, 2020, in Kinloch, Missouri. Police identified the man who was killed as 32-year-old Lawrence Franks Jr., known by fans as Huey. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Best known for his famous 2006 single “Pop, Lock and Drop It,” Huey, born Lawrence Franks Jr., was killed in the Kinloch section of St. Louis Thursday night in a double shooting, according to reports from the local St. Louis Post-Dispatch and TMZ.

The shooting reportedly occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Franks Jr. was shot once and died from a gunshot wound after arriving at the hospital.

The second victim, a 21-year-old man, went straight to the Ferguson Police Department after being shot. After being escorted to the hospital, his injuries were said not to be life-threatening. No suspects are on the radar as cops continue to search for details for a motive, as well. Huey’s cousin Bruce Franks Jr. tweeted about his passing, displaying an old photo of the two performing on stage.

Huey’s breakthrough came with “Pop, Lock and Drop It” as it surged to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song remained on the Hot 100 for 23 weeks and received the remix treatment with appearances by T-Pain. Huey last released a song in April titled “Pulled Away.”

Billboard reached out to St. Louis Police Department for comment.

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