One of India’s most prominent rappers passed away this week after being gunned down in the Mansa district. Per Rolling Stone, 28-year-old Sidhu Moose Wala was shot and killed in his hometown of Punjab. Videos and photos surfaced on Sunday of the crime scene as he sat in an SUV while people around him attempted to resuscitate him. VK Bhawra, Punjab’s chief of police, said that Moose Wala’s car was hit with at least 30 rounds of ammunition. Bhawra also stated that he believes Moose Wala died as a result of a gang rivalry.

 

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Moose Wala was born in India but later moved to Brampton, ON, a suburb near Toronto, after graduating from an electrical engineering program at university. Many of Toronto rappers paid tribute to Moose Wala on Sunday night including Drake. Toronto’s hometown hero shared a photo of the slain rapper and his mother with the caption reading, “RIP MOOSE.”

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Along with a budding career in music, Sidhu Moose Wala also became a leader of Congress in 2021. Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar claimed responsibility for Moose Wala’s death as vengeance for Vikramjit Singh Middukhera and Gurlal Brar in a Facebook post. However, Punjab Congress declared his death a political murder. Punjab police withdrew the security of 424 politicians, including Sidhu Moose Wala, just a day before his murder.

Ni ehda uthuga jawani ch janaja mithiye (The funeral will happen in youth).

This is a line from Indian rapper Sidhu Moose Wala’s latest track, The Last Ride. The song, which was released in May – and has gathered over 10 million views on YouTube since – features the iconic crime scene where American rapper Tupac was murdered in his BMW in 1996.

“Many hated him, and many died wanting him…everything is revealed in the eyes of the young boy,” Moose Wala cackles in the music video, which is shot in slick monochrome tones.

On Sunday, in an ominous turn of events, Moose Wala met the same fate. The 28-year-old singer was driving near his village in Punjab state on Sunday when he was shot dead by unidentified attackers.