New Orleans next-generation bounce artist and rapper Nickesse Toney, aka Nicky Da B,
has died following an illness. He was 24.
Nicky Da B's exuberant style help elevate bounce music to an international level, and he served as the face and sound of mega-producer Diplo's newfound fascination and influence under bounce music. Nicky's 2011 release
, Please Don't Forget Da B
, is a masterclass in bounce music's ability to blend rapid-fire wordplay and addictive, innovative hip-hop. His eccentric style blended hyper-color runways, vogue performance and offbeat sounds and hooks. His appearance on Diplo's hit "Express Yourself" primed the world for bounce music as Big Freedia went national.
's 2011 music issue
, in which Nicky Da B was named an artist to watch, he warned New Orleans that his music would explode the following year, a prediction he proved correct. "I'm going to have a lot of music coming out all at once," he said. "So just be prepared for that."
His unrestrained and mile-a-minute mouth is on full display in even his unpolished remixes
. He also was one of several performers to appear at the acclaimed art installation The Music Box, where he rapped over music
created by Mannie Fresh and Hamid Drake.
His DJ and manager Rusty Lazer shared his condolences on Facebook
Though his death is tragic he would love nothing more than to be remembered for having brought smiles and joy to people he worked with, performed for and called his friends. He was well loved and one of the brightest artists I've ever known. Keep his family in your thoughts as we make plans to honor his life and make sure his legacy is meaningful and fitting for a talent like his. Thank you all so much. I loved that kid, and the world is a little darker without him.
Nicky's friends and collaborators also shared the news and their condolences on social media.