Toronto rapper Smoke Dawg killed in street shooting

Shots were fired outside the Cube Nightclub in the Queen and Peter area of Toronto shortly before 8 pm last night (June 30). Three people were shot with a male and female victim sent to the hospital. The man who died has been identified as Toronto rapper Smoke Dawg. He was just 21. (CP 24 has coverage of the shooting here.)

If you’re into the scene, Smoke Dawg was known for this street anthem called “Still.”

A new track just came this way ahead of the release of his debut album, Struggle Before Glory.

He also worked with Britain’s Skepta as well as French Montana. Smoke Dawg was also hired on to open for Drake’s Boy Meets World European tour. Here’s a report on Drake’s reaction.

No word on a motive yet.

The hip hop world has been shaken with plenty of violence in the last two weeks with the murder of XXXtenacion and the stabbing of four people at a festival in England.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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