Rapper Huey, known for "Pop, Lock & Drop It," killed in double shooting



    ST. LOUIS -- Popular St. Louis rapper and Kinloch native Huey was shot and killed Thursday night. He was 32 years old.

    The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. in front of a home in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard near Mable Avenue in Kinloch.

    Police said Huey, whose real name is Lawrence Franks Jr., was rushed to a hospital in a private car by someone at the scene, but he died after arriving at the hospital. He had been shot at least once, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Police determined a 21-year-old man was also shot in the incident. The man arrived at the Ferguson Police Department with a gunshot wound and was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said they believe the shootings, which occurred on the same block in the city of Kinloch, were related. Detectives said as many as 10 other people were near the crime scene at the time. 

    Investigators say as many as 10 people were present during the time of the shooting.

    Huey was best known in the rap community for his 2006 debut single "Pop, Lock & Drop It."

St. Louis’ hit hip-hop wave of the 2000s wouldn’t be complete without Huey and “Pop, Lock & Drop It.” 

The Kinloch native’s 2006 Top 10 hit, which even included a dance, is as much a part of the city’s rap pedigree as anything from bigger names such as Nelly and Chingy. Any conversation about local rap music’s key hits must include “Pop, Lock & Drop It.”

His song is nothing less than a bona fide St. Louis classic.

Huey, aka Baby Huey (Lawrence Franks Jr.), was killed late Thursday in a double shooting in the 8100 block of Martin Luther King Drive in Kinloch, outside his family's home. (He lived in a loft downtown.) St. Louis County Police identified Huey as being 32, though he’s said elsewhere to have been 31 years old.

His journey from adolescence into adulthood was tough. He attended Berkeley and McCluer high schools only for a while, later earning his GED, and was briefly jailed on a weapons possession charge.

But he found his way through music.

Signed to Jive Records/Hitz Committee, Huey released “Pop, Lock & Drop It” when he was 19. He told the Post-Dispatch that the song would be a “whole new twist for St. Louis. It’ll be versatile for the ladies and a little thug in it for the men. It’s a little bit of everything.”

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