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Lil Snupe, 'Melo' Artist, Dead at 18

The young southern rapper most well known for his mixtape and single "Melo" died of gunshot wounds Thursday June 20. Lil Snupe was just 18 years old.

The rapper was allegedly shot and killed early this morning in the Baton Rouge, La. area, according to Billboard.com. It is unclear how or why Lil Snupe suffered gunshot wounds, as official reports have not yet been released.

Several fans, friends and Lil Snupe's manager have taken to Twitter to deliver the unfortunate news and express their condolences and shock at the untimely death of the rapper.

"The call I got this morning is un real RIP 2 my Lil n--- lilsnupe," His manager DJ Smallz, also known as Louie V Gutta, wrote on Twitter early Thursday.

Lil Snupe was a mentee of rapper Meek Mill and signed to his label Dream Chasers. Meek Mill sent an urgent tweet about his young protégé last night, which could perhaps shed some light on the fact that Lil Snupe was in some sort of trouble before the deadly shooting occurred, according to MTV.

"Tell lil snupe hit me up right now!!!" the Dream Chasers owner Mill tweeted last night.

Getting signed onto Dream Chasers took not just talent but also a great deal of gumption from Lil Snupe. He explained to MTV News last year how he got the attention of Meek Mill when the famed rapper was passing through Supe's home state of Louisiana on tour.

"[Mill] was in a van, they was finna pull off. And I went and knocked on the van, on the window," he told MTV News. Lil Snupe then handed his mix tape through the window, and the rest was Dream Chasers history.

Meek Mill was impressed by the mixtape.

"[Lil Snupe] was spittin' so much pain, he's from the south with a flow like an east coast guy ... I seen potential in him" Mill said.

Unfortunately, it appears that potential has been cut short.

Meek Mill is yet to comment on the death of the 18-year-old Louisiana rapper.

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