Moolah rapper Young Greatness has been Shot And Killed.
Rapper Young Greatness was shot and killed in New Orleans earlier this morning. According to multiple reports, Young Greatness was shot and killed outside of a Waffle House around 1:30am. By the time police arrived at the scene, the 34-year-old was dead from a single gunshot wound.
So far, police have no suspects in the shooting.
Young Greatness, born Theodore Jones, struck big in 2015 with his hit single “Moolah,” which peaked at 85 on the Billboard chart.
A rough New Orleans upbringing, Hurricane Katrina and a lengthy prison sentence couldn’t prevent Young Greatness (real name Theodore Jones) from breaking through after signing with popular Atlanta label Quality Control and Motown/Capitol Records through his own Mile High Music Group imprint. Last year was supposed to be his crossover year with I Tried To Tell Em and its lead single “Moolah.” Despite some heavy promotion and anticipation, both just seemed to just fizzle out on the surface.
“I mean to be honest with you, once I first went on promo with the record, I thought it wasn’t the record, but after sitting down and talking to the team, everybody basically told me to give it time,” Young Greatness says during a sit down with HipHopDX.
First came after linking up with Akon through his brother Omar. That developed into the hit-maker and mogul joining his team as co-manager alongside day-to-day manager Rici, who also has a storied history within the music industry.
“One of the first things we did was come up with a structure so we could communicate and talk and stay upon what’s going on,” Young Greatness says. “Nothing works without a plan, between me, him and Rici, we work toward having an executed plan all the way down.”
A nationwide tour with fellow Louisiana brethren Kevin Gates months later helped “Moolah” has turned into a legitimate hit. “The first and second city [on tour], and fans were singing it word for word,” Young Greatness said. “That’s when I knew it was out of here.”
According to Young Greatness, the “2 Phones” rapper respected his hustle. “He didn’t give me a handout, but opportunity,” he describes. “He seen me grinding for a long time and gave me an opportunity to be a part of something special.”
RIP Young Greatness!!!