The murder of Atlanta rap artist Trouble, who was shot during an home invasion at an acquaintance’s residence on Sunday (June 5), is the latest death to put the Hip-Hop community in a state of mourning. The rapper, born Mariel Semonte Orr, first gained notoriety in 2011 with the release of his debut mixtape December 17th, building a buzz that resulted in him being touted as one of the brightest rising talents in his hometown and a potential star in waiting. Capitalizing on the momentum with a succession of critically acclaimed mixtapes, including 431 Days, All On Me, and Skoobzilla, in 2018, the Duct Tape Entertainment rep unleashed Edgewood, his collaborative album with acclaimed hit-making producer (Rae Sremmurd, Miley Cyrus) Mike WiLL Made-It.
His most popular release to date, Edgewood marked his first release on Interscope Records and Mike WiLL’s Ear Drummers imprint and helped broaden Trouble’s fan base even further. The project also boasted an accompanying short film with it by the same name. Making a splash into the acting pool, Trouble held his own and had a promising career in the space if he explored it further.
Respected amongst his industry peers, the 34-year-old had been sought out for collabs with superstars ranging from Drake to Young Thug. He was also admired beyond the music, particularly in the streets of Atlanta, where he solidified a reputation for being a living embodiment of his street tough raps.
In light of the tragic passing of one of our culture’s own, VIBE highlights 13 musical moments from Trouble’s career that not only stamped him as an Atlanta legend, but a respected figure in the game.