Louisiana rapper JayDaYoungan was shot and killed in his hometown of Bogalusa Wednesday night (July 27), Bogalusa police confirmed via social media. He was only 24 years old.
Born Javorius Scott, the “23 Island” artist was reportedly shot multiple times. He was with family member Kenyatta Scott Sr., who was also shot at the scene and is currently in stable condition at a nearby hospital.
New Orleans CBS outlet WWL-TV reports that police believe the gun violence was retaliation, though their investigation into the rapper’s death is ongoing. Allegedly linked to gang rivalries in parts of rural Louisiana, he was sentenced to prison in June for possession of a firearm while on a felony charge in Harris County, Texas. In September 2021 he was reserved by police on a warrant for accessory to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice for allegedly helping a key homicide suspect in a Roseland shooting evade law enforcement.
JayDaYoungan first entered the rap scene in 2017 when he released mixtapes Ruffwayy and The Real Jumpman 23. He found wider fame with later projects forever 23, which peaked at No. 86 on Billboard 200 in 2018; endless pain, which peaked at No. 70 in 2019; Misunderstood, which peaked at No. 43 in 2019; and Baby 23, which peaked at No. 46 in 2020. All four albums charted on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums ranking – Misunderstood and Baby 23 reached no. 20 and No. 23, respectively, on the Top Rap Albums chart. Scott’s most popular single on Spotify, “23 Island,” hit No. 17 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and has earned 371.5 million on-demand official U.S. streams, according to Luminate.
Peaking at No. 28 on the 2020 Emerging Artists list, JayDaYoungan’s catalog has earned 2.3 billion on-demand official US streams and his albums have amassed 1.1 million equivalent album units, according to Luminate.
Scott occasionally posted photos with his cubs dream on Instagram, and celebrated father’s day with him five weeks before his death. “Thank you God for letting me experience today with my favorite,” he wrote. “Couldn’t ask for more than peace. Happy Father’s Day the real ones.”
In June, Scott released a music video for a track titled “First Day Out PT2 (Influential Freestyle)” and in March he released a nine-track EP titled Everything is good. In a post announcing the EP, he wrote: “‘To all my fans… Appreciate your support while I’ve been away. All good, see you soon’ -23.”