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Rapper Whose Lyrics Reflected Baltimore's Pain Fatally Shot

A rising Baltimore rapper who advocated for nonviolence and whose lyrics often reflected the city's trauma has been shot and killed.

Dominic Gantt, known professionally as Nick Breed, was found Sunday night with gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at a hospital soon after, The Baltimore Sun reported. He was 24. 

The newspaper characterized the artist as a street rapper with calm delivery, who had a melodic side.

He collaborated with high-profile Baltimore artists like YBS Skola and Young Moose. Baltimore director James Jones helped produce several Nick Breed music videos. Jones described his friend as "up-and-coming" with a good fan base. His YouTube videos ranged from 10,000 views to 545,000.

Last year, local radio station 92Q posted his video, "The Purge." Just days ago, he reached an important milestone with an appearance on the YouTube freestyle series, "No Ghostwriter," hosted by Jay Hill.

Gantt advocated for nonviolence. Last month, the city's deadliest in more than a year, he tweeted : "I wanna see the murder rate in Bmore drop. Words worse than bullets spread that message Rt if you agree if ppl mind their business they a live longer." 

CORRECTION (Oct. 23, 2018, 6:08 p.m. ET): A previous version of this Associated Press story misspelled Dominic Gantt's name.

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