Young Capone Reportedly Dead at 35 After Being Reported Missing

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Young Capone, known for hits like “What It Iz” and “Lights, Camera, Action,” has passed away at the age of 35. The news was confirmed by his publicist, Aleesha Carter, via Instagram on Wednesday, August 16th.

“This is with a heavy heavy heart that I’m even posting this. We made magic when we strategically put out projects, always,” she wrote, sharing a series of videos from Capone’s career. “‘Young Capone, aka Dopeboy Ra, aka Rara, was one of my first Hip Hop/ Rap clients, and I can’t believe the news I just got of his unexpected passing! A friend…a client and just huge in East Atlanta. This is not the easiest post at all. Rest easy, RIP.”

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The news comes after the rapper, a protegé of Jermaine Dupri, was reported missing and was last seen in Chicago. Carter’s statement did not mention the cause of death.

Following the news of Young Capone’s passing, Dupri took to Instagram, posting a photo of the rapper accompanied by four dove emojis. He tagged the late artist’s Instagram account and also soundtracked the post with the rapper’s Daz Dillinger collab “I’m Hot.”

See Carter’s statement below:

Capone (real name Rodriguez Smith), gained recognition in East Atlanta’s underground hip-hop scene in the mid-2000s. He collaborated with Daz Dillinger and Dupri before being signed to Dupri’s So So Def record label. This partnership resulted in the release of “Lights, Camera, Action” in 2006.

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As Young Capone, he dropped two mixtapes: “Look Who’s Back” in 2010 and “Paper and Politics” in 2011. Under Dopeboy Ra, he collaborated with T.I.’s Hustle Gang on the 2017 album “We Want Smoke.” His final release, “SlumMade 2.0,” came out in December.