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Maryland rapper 23 Rackz shot dead while filming music video

Maryland rapper 23 Rackz shot dead while filming music video

An up-and-coming teenage rapper was shot dead in Washington, DC Thursday morning while he was shooting a music video.

Justin Johnson, 16, who performs under the name 23 Rackz, was found shot in the Southeast section of the district just before 11:30 a.m., according to WTTG-TV.

The Temple Hills, Maryland “Hook” artist released an album entitled “Rookie of the Year” in 2021 and was considered part of the DMV rap genre, a regional percussion-heavy style pioneered in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Moments before Johnson was gunned down, he posted an Instagram story that shared his location, according to a YouTube account that specializes in drill rap content.

Police were reportedly offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the teen’s killer.



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