Bad News Brown, otherwise known as Paul Frappier, was found beaten and shot to death on the corner of a street early Saturday morning in the southeast end of Montreal. He was 33 years old.
Known to have guided and impacted the small music scene of the city, Bad News Brown is survived by several siblings, a girlfriend and a two-year-old son. Close friends and family say that Frappier wasn’t only extremely talented on stage but he was also very generous, known to always be helping others.
“He had a big impact on Montreal hip-hop and he was a positive influence on me. When I was a street kid he told me to stay away from the streets. That guy was no trouble at all," said friend MC Nikkie to the National Post. "Then he got popular and he was prosperous. And when he prospered, we all prospered."
Bad News Brown hailed originally from Haiti and then immigrated to Canada when he was very young. He performed as a street busker and taught himself to play the harmonica, becoming a talented multi-faceted rapper before hitting the stage with hip-hop and rap heavyweights like Cypress Hill and Ice-T as well as opening for established artists like 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg. He released his very first album, Born 2 Sin, in 2009, and had recently started dabbling in acting, appearing in the soon to be released flick “Bumrush.”
“He’s definitely going to be deeply missed," Bad News Brown’s manager Henry Gelot said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "He was a good friend, he was my artist, and my business partner. [He] left a mark on everyone who knew him."