Trouble, Prominent Atlanta Rapper, Dead at 34

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Update, June 7, 5:56 p.m.: A man suspected of murdering Trouble is in custody after surrendering to police. WSB-TV Atlanta reported that a team of investigators initiated a “knock and tell” to gather intel on the whereabouts of suspect Jamichael Jones, who had called his mother’s house and told her he wanted to turn himself in peacefully. Sheriff Eric Levett called her instrumental in Jones’s surrender.

A warrant obtained by 11Alive claims Jones had murdered Trouble after finding him in bed with Jones’s ex-girlfriend. She says he punched them and fought with Trouble before shooting him.

Jones will face murder, aggravated assault, battery, and home-invasion charges. He is being held without bond and is expected back in court for his hearing on June 15.

Original story follows.

Trouble — the Atlanta rapper whose 2011 hit “Bussin’” eventually led him to collaborations with artists including Drake, Young Thug, and the Weeknd — has died. He was 34. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the children, loved ones, and fans of Trouble,” his label, Def Jam Recordings, said in a Sunday, June 5, Instagram post confirming the news. “A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represented.” The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office told WSB-TV Atlanta that the rapper died at a local hospital after being shot early Sunday morning.

Trouble, whose real name was Mariel Semonté Orr, was also known by the nickname Skoob. His debut 2011 mixtape December 17th featured Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka Flame, and Trae tha Truth on a remix of “Bussin’.” He went on to release eight more mixtapes before dropping his first studio album, Edgewood, which featured Fetty Wap, Drake, the Weeknd, Boosie Badazz, Low Down Dirty Black, Lil 1, and Quavo. The 2018 project was produced entirely by Mike WiLL Made-It, who signed Trouble to his Ear Drummer label under Interscope. Mike WiLL paid tribute to his late collaborator in a series of posts on his Instagram Story. “Trouble’s personality lit up a room and his conversation left you more creative [than] when you walked in,” the producer captioned a photo with Trouble taken in Atlanta shortly before the release of the Edgewood short film. “His accent, dialect, and charisma were of constant discussion when we spoke; usually chats full of laughter.” Trouble’s last album, Thug Luv, was released in April 2020. Friends and fellow rappers, from Gucci Mane to Trouble’s ex-girlfriend Alexis Skyy, have taken to social media to pay tribute.

Trouble, Prominent Atlanta Rapper, Dead at 34