Huey, who hit it big with the single “Pop, Lock & Drop It back in 2006, has been reported dead. The St. Louis rapper was the victim of a shooting incident in his hometown of Kinloch, just outside of St. Louis, as an investigation is still ongoing.
According to local news outlet Fox 2 Now, Huey, real name Lawrence Franks, Jr., was shot and killed in Kinloch late Thursday (June 25) night in his hometown. Details are scant at the moment but news of the killing made its way to social media where fans fondly remembered Huey’s smash hit, which he released as a teenager.
Huey released his debut album Notebook Paper in 2007, bolstered by the double-platinum “Pop, Lock & Drop It” single via Hitz Committee and Jive Records. His studio album Redemption came via EMI in 2010. Huey dropped a pair of mixtapes after his final studio album and has been relatively quiet on the music scene.
Back in 2009, Huey was reportedly a possible target of a drive-by shooting in St. Louis that left three people dead according to a RIverfront Times article. Bruce Franks Jr., a former Missouri congressman, was the older cousin of Huey.
Across social media, fans are remembering Huey’s song and the video for “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” some who were teens themselves when the rapper first found fame.
Huey was 31.
UPDATE: The St. Louis-Dispatch’s report offered more details, revealing that there were two men shot in front of a home in Kinloch. The other victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
St. Louis Rapper Huey, Known For “Pop, Lock & Drop It” Hit, Dead At 31 was originally published on hiphopwired.com
The last time we performed together! Y'all knew him as Huey, to his loved ones he was LJ! My lil cousin! Rest Easy! This shit us hard man!😢 pic.twitter.com/Vq16Ju944U— Bruce Franks Jr (@brucefranksjr) June 26, 2020
STL native Huey, best known for his classic single “Pop Lock & Drop It”, was shot and killed earlier tonight and was expected to shoot a video this Saturday. This just hit home fr 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/yO1bguNmG4— Blanco Tarantino TV (@BlancoTarantino) June 26, 2020
rip huey thank u for blessing with this gem in the early 2000s we really enjoyed it😩😭 pic.twitter.com/4CvcM9e1Kz— 𝓒𝓮𝓵𝓮𝓫 𝓢𝓹𝓪𝓶 💰 (@CelebrityFasho4) June 26, 2020
Huey ? The genius artist behind pop lock and drop it ? The reason my knees are strong today ? I’m distraught ... RIP Huey 🙌🏾 2020 please stop the bullshit pic.twitter.com/kRNxP1ugrB— Emperesse 🦂 (@goldenjaade) June 26, 2020
RIP Huey. Reminder: once you make it, leave the fuckin hood and don’t come back.— PelotonTurtle (@PelotonTurtle) June 26, 2020
Aight, I'm done with 2020. If anyone needs me, I'll be chilling in 2030, throw this whole decade away. 😭 RIP Huey https://t.co/869zrzoE6h— Black Cosplyer Bre 🧚🏾♀️ (@BreezyBre2019) June 26, 2020
RIP Huey are y’all fucking serious STL?!— THEE C.N.O.A.T. (@Vandalyzm) June 26, 2020
FOR FUCKING WHAT MAN?! Why are y’all killing everyone man? FUCKING STOP MAN.
I use to be fucking it up. Rip Huey. pic.twitter.com/Xu9L9r8XLX— LEARI🦋 (@AleariReed) June 26, 2020
i am so over 2020. rip huey, i hope they’re pop lock n droppin’ it for you up there <3 pic.twitter.com/1QqlWjNIUr— aj 🦋 (@ajirixo) June 26, 2020
RIP Huey what a terrible year full of shiet 😰 Rest easy Champ we will miss you.. I used to listen to his songs when I was a kid pic.twitter.com/rAGIofHkCV— Oscar Mkado™🇰🇪🇿🇦 (@mkado_oscar) June 26, 2020
“Yeah, you cute but don’t let that shit go to your head because what this cutie won’t do another one will”. RIP Huey will never forget that era.— Zed (@ZedWaken) June 26, 2020
Wtfffff 2020 .. 😭 rip huey gave me knees of steel back in middle school.. they better be tooting it up for you up there ❤️ https://t.co/5Rf6QrtUZT— 🍯 (@unxapologetic) June 26, 2020
St. Louis just took the wildest L maan... RIP Huey aka Mr. Pop Lock It Drop It 💙🕊— $ (@NOPussBoys_) June 26, 2020
shed a few , my dawg Huey is gone forever. thank you for the talk, thank you for your energy, thank you for believing in me. Ima help keep your spirit alive down here. much much love forever. pic.twitter.com/18S62VBvbW— J∆YLIEN (@jaylienwesley) June 26, 2020