It's become a steady beat of grief. Atlanta’s hip hop community is in mourning, again, over the death of a young rapper.
Atlanta is one of the main arteries that supplies mainstream rap to the nation and the world. When a fatal shooting happens in Atlanta, the ripples are felt industry-wide.
The news of Mazi's death dominated social media platforms the morning after his death.
Before he died, Mazi posted a video and claiming he was ‘bullet proof’ and did an interview on why he kept getting shot.
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"I’m a real dude. Some people don’t like real dudes. That’s cool. I’m not hatin’. I’m not mad."
Yung Mazi had disclosed to police that he had been shot another 10 times before the Waffle House shooting.
Bankroll Fresh was close friends with Mazi. He, too, was shot to death.
Bankroll Fresh died outside of the Street Execs Studio in northwest Atlanta on March 24, 2016. He would have been 31 this past July.
Bankroll’s father, who goes by K-Rich, spoke with 11Alive’s Neima Abdulahi.
"He’s actually like family," he said of Mazi. K-Rich said both young men has their careers and lives cut short.
On the day after another death, he has a strong message for those in the industry left behind: "You guys have one of the most powerful platforms. You can use it two ways. Negative or positive. That’s the only reason I’m speaking to you.”
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