New Orleans Bounce Music Pioneer 5th Ward Weebie Dies At 42 New Orleans Bounce Music Pioneer 5th Ward Weebie Dies At 42
Tributes are pouring in for the NOLA legend. The Bounce King has passed away. New Orleans bounce music pioneer, 5th Ward Weebie, died on... New Orleans Bounce Music Pioneer 5th Ward Weebie Dies At 42
Tributes are pouring in for the NOLA legend.

The Bounce King has passed away. New Orleans bounce music pioneer, 5th Ward Weebie, died on Thursday (Dec. 9). He was 42.

The rapper, whose birth name was Jerome Cosey, reportedly passed away from a heart attack after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured artery earlier in the week.

“First his kidneys went and they had him on a machine to get his kidneys back working, then his lungs went the next day,” New Orleans rapper P Town Moe said according to KLFY 10 News. “I don’t know why God wanted him at this time, but my brother gone.”

Family friends and fans took to social media with tributes to Weebie, including New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

“It broke my heart to learn that Jerome Cosey — our 5th Ward Weebie — has passed,” Cantrell tweeted. “‘Let me find out’ you didn’t know who he was. He was an iconic personality, a New Orleans legend, and a beloved friend. He was the Bounce King, who showed us how to move, how to love, and how to bring passion and humanity to everything we do. New Orleans has lost a cornerstone of our culture. Our city will not be the same without his voice and his spirit.”

The NOLA native, best known for songs like “Let Me Find Out,” “Get Out The Way,” “F*** Katrina,” and Kane & Abel’s “Shake It Like A Dogg,” kicked off his career in 1997 as a backup dancer for rapper Cheeky Blakk. His debut album Show the World was released two years later. Weebie’s sophomore effort, Ghetto Platinum, and his third album, Take It To The Hole, dropped in 2001.

He also collaborated with Master P on the track, “Rock It,” and contributed to Drake’s “Nice for What.

See more tributes below.

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Christopher Dupree

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