Ashton Wells, better known in hip-hop circles as “Blvd Quick,” was found dead near his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The rapper was reportedly killed in a shooting on Monday, November 26, just hours after he released his latest music video. Another Baton Rouge-based rapper, NBA YoungBoy, was previously rumored to be dead after a shooting over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. However, authorities confirmed that the rapper killed in a shooting was actually Blvd Quick.
Blvd Quick Killed in Shooting
Ashton Wells, 25, was found dead early Monday morning after a shooting in an apartment complex where he resided. Wells was a rapper in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who went by the stage name Blvd Quick. The music video for his song, “Slept On,” premiered only a few hours before his death.
|About Ashton Wells|
|Known As||Blvd Quick|
|Birth||November 12, 1993|
|Death||November 26, 2018 Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Popular Songs||War Wit Us, Job Done, Slept On|
The shooting reportedly occurred just before midnight Sunday at the Lakeside Villa Apartments in the 2400 block of Weldwood Drive, just off Interstate 12 at Millerville Road. Wells’ body was found around 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Baton Rouge Police identified the victim as Ashton Wells. However, further details have not been disclosed.
One resident of the building claimed to hear five or six gunshots on Sunday night.
Chase Corley said he saw a person run through the building towards the woods. Corley recognized the victim as a neighbor, having seen him in the area a few times. But he had never spoken to the slain man.
Who Is Blvd Quick?
Blvd Quick was one of the rising rappers on the Louisiana music scene. According to his attorney, Ron Haley, Quick had signed a record deal with TBG Records, a local label.
He frequently collaborated with fellow Louisiana rappers Fredo Bang and Gee Money to produce music. He released solo videos “War Wit Us” in June and “Job Done” in September.
But just two days ago, Quick began generating buzz for his newest track, “Slept On,” featuring Fredo Bang. The music video was released on November 24 and currently has over 211,000 views.
Quick’s past songs contained references to guns and violence, but he made a lyrical shift in “Slept On” by rapping about his family. He raps, “I do this s*** for my daughter, … for my son.” However, it has not been confirmed whether he has children.
The “Slept On” videographer paid tribute to Quick in the video’s comment section writing, “Rest in peace Blvd Quick. I’ll never be able to thank you for what you’ve done for me, my future, and this channel. Every shoot with you was nothing but fun, and every time we shot a video, we’d tell each other that it had to be the one. And this was the one. You just dropped and hit 100k in a day. #LLBLVDQUICK.”
His song “Pressure Been Applied,” with Gee Money, was released in February 2017 and is one of his most-watched videos with over 1.6 million views. Quick often posted tributes to Gee Money on Instagram and even dedicated his music to him.
Gee Money was killed in a shooting in a Dallas Drive parking lot on September 10, 2017. And Fredo Bang has now lost another friend to gun violence. Fredo Bang and Quick’s family have received an outpouring of condolences from the slain rapper’s fans.
Wells Had Been Arrested Before
Wells has a history of run-ins with the law. Ron Haley has known the rapper for a long time, representing him in criminal cases after Wells’ multiple arrests for drug and gun violations.
Wells was convicted of possession of heroin in a 2015 incident and was under probation. However, his probation was revoked and he had a brief stint in prison before his release in April of this year.
According to Haley, Quick was working on putting his criminal past behind him and focusing on his music career. “Our conversations have been shifting very much to, ‘I need to get these things behind me so I can push forward with my career,’” Haley said. “Everything was focused on his craft and his (family).”
Kara Classert, who lives in the same complex as Quick, met the rapper years ago through friends in the music industry. She was also a fan of his music. Classert said she believes rap music in the area has become closely linked with violence, and that it may have led to Quick’s death.
His Death Was Confused with NBA YoungBoy’s Death Hoax
Before Quick’s death was reported, there were rumors that another famous rapper from Baton Rouge was killed in a shooting. NBA YoungBoy was the victim of a death hoax until he took to Twitter to show he was alive.
False reports claimed that YoungBoy had died in a shooting during the Thanksgiving weekend. The rapper was quick to respond on Twitter, much to the relief of his fans.
However, there was panic once again when a shooting outside an apartment complex in Baton Rouge was reported. Authorities stated that the shooting victim was Ashton Wells, aka Blvd Quick.
Quick and Gee Money famously feuded with NBA YoungBoy. But there’s no confirmed connection between their rap beef and their deaths.
While YoungBoy’s fans were relieved he is alive, they were also among many others who mourned Quick’s death. His death has also raised concerns about potential threats to YoungBoy’s life.
A lot of the rappers’ fans cite the growing violence within Louisiana’s rap scene as the cause of their untimely deaths.