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Suspect Named in Murder of Atlanta Rapper Trouble

Photo Credit: Rockdale County Sheriff's Office
Jamichael Jones is wanted in connection with the 
the murder of Atlanta rapper Trouble.  
Atlanta rapper Trouble, who broke onto the scene with the breakout hit "Bussin" on his 2011 debut
mixtape "December 17th" and was best known for his collaborations with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, is dead at 34.

According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, the artist, whose real name is Mariel Semonte Orr and was also known as Skoob, was shot and killed Sunday morning in Rockdale County.

In a news release, officials said deputies from the office responded to the Lake St. James apartment complex located at 50 St. James Dr. in Conyers, Georgia, after reports of a shooting around 3:20 a.m.

Once there, police discovered Orr lying on the ground from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital for treatment and was later pronounced dead.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 33-year-old Jamichael Jones in connection with the murder which may have been triggered by a domestic dispute.

“What we know and what I can tell you is that with Mr. Mariel Orr which is the victim was visiting a female friend at the complex and Mr. Jamichael Jones did know the female and it was a domestic situation,” Rockdale County Public Information Officer Jedidia Canty said. “I know there are a lot of people that are really upset right now about the situation.”

Trouble's label, Def Jam Recordings, mourned the rapper's death on its official Instagram account.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the children, loved ones, and fans of Trouble. A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represented. RIP Skoob,” the label posted.

Following his mixtape success with "December 17th" (ranked number 23 on Complex’s “The 25 Best Mixtapes of 2011” ), he was named to XXL magazine’s list of “15 Atlanta Rappers You Should Know” in 2013 and eventually produced two studio albums "Edgewood" in 2018 and "Thug Luv" in 2020.

It was his collaborations with platinum artists like Drake, The Weekend and other Atlanta rappers such as the Migos that made him a star.

Several of them turned to social media to mourn his death Sunday. 
Prolific producer Mike Will Made-It, who signed Trouble to a record deal on his label Ear Drummer Records in 2017 and served as executive producer on his debut album "Edgewood," wrote that "Trouble’s personality lit up a room and his conversation left you more creative then when you walked in,” in his Instagram Stories. 

He added, "His accent, dialect, and charisma were of constant discussion when we spoke; usually chats full of laughter.”

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