Nicky da B, the New Orleans bounce rapper and dancer best known for the 2012 single "Express Yourself," a collaboration with the internationally known DJ and producer Diplo, died Tuesday (Sept. 2) in New Orleans. He was 24 years old.
He was born Nickesse Trimaine Toney on March 13, 1990 to Nicole Toney, who raised him in the Pigeon Town neighborhood as a single parent. Ms. Toney declined to reveal the cause of her son's death, confirming only that he had been ill for a short time.
Mr. Toney grew up in a household that loved music, his mother said, but not the traditional New Orleans styles: She was a fan of 1990's hip-hop, particularly Tupac Shakur. He grew up hearing lyrics twisted and crafted with intense energy and emotion, and by the time he was in grade school, she said, he was writing his own raps with lyrical skill beyond his years.