St. Louis-Area Rapper YBC Bam Shot Dead at 18

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Instagram/YBC Bam YBC Bam pictured on his Instagram page in April 2020.

YBC Bam, the St. Louis-area rapper, rapper, has died following a shooting on June 4. He was 18 years old. YBC Bam’s real name was Sean Williams. YBC Bam was killed in Granite City, Illinois. The city is located 10 miles north of St. Louis, Missouri. YBC Bam was originally from Madison, Illinois, and attended Granite City High School.

On June 5, a post on YBC Bam’s Instagram page showed a photo of the slain rapper with his mother. The caption on the photo read, “I love you baby boy! I’m going to truly miss my mini me, my twin! A part of my 💔is broken! #RIHBAM.” Heavy has reached out to YBC Bam’s management for comment on the rapper’s death. Among those paying tribute to YBC Bam in the comments section of that post are Ohio State University basketball star E.J. Liddell and University of Kentucky basketball commit Cam’Ron Fletcher as well as rappers Zay Hilfigerrr and St. Louis hip-hop star Luh Kel.


1 Person Is in Custody in Relation to the Granite City Shooting


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Southern Illinois hip-hop platform 618 Hip-Hop tweeted that it was “reported” that YBC Bam had been shot dead in Granite City, Illinois. Local media reports show that there was one shooting in Granite City on June 4. KMOV reports that the shooting took place along the 2500 block of Madison Ave.

Fox St. Louis reports that the shooting took place around 10:00 p.m. The station’s report says that one man was found dead at the scene. The deceased man was found “in a truck behind a home.” The station’s report adds that authorities have one person in custody and are searching for two others. The Alton Telegraph reports that the deceased man died at Gateway Regional Medical Center. The newspaper adds that the shooting is being investigated by the Major Case Squad of the Greater St. Louis Area and the Granite City Police.

The operator of the 618 platform told Heavy via email that, “[YBC Bam] had a lot of potential, he honestly probably would’ve blew up due to his talent and age, a lot of the artists blowing up are around the junior-senior high school age like him.”


YBC Bam Had One Album to His Name, Life of a Yungin’

YBC Bam had more than 30,000 followers on his Instagram page. The rapper went by the moniker Alejandro Sosa on his profile. Alejandro Sosa is the name of one of the antagonists in the 1983 movie, Scarface. According to YBC Bam’s Spotify page, he released one album, Life of a Yungin’, during his career. The majority of YBC Bam’s listeners were in St. Louis, Chicago and East Saint Louis. On his Twitter page, YBC Bam gives his location at Madison, Illinois. YBC Bam’s final tweet came on June 3. It read, “BLACK POWER!”


Bam’s Girlfriend Has Paid Multiple Tributes to the Slain Rapper on Social Media

At the time of his death, YBC Bam was in a relationship with a woman named Ashaia Rivera. Rivera paid tribute to the slain rapper on her Instagram story saying:

Y’all don’t know him how I know him and he was just so f****n perfect in my eyes I can’t believe God let this happen. I’m so angry and hurt. My blood is boiling i love him so much this boy is my backbone/rod/bestfriend/first love and now I’m forced to let all that go. We so close I can feel him he is apart of me and I just feel his anger.

On her Twitter page, Rivera tweeted:

Ion have no heart. Bam was my heart & he gone. He know he was my heart & motivation & I wish we could live our lives as we planned. I keep ranting because I wish I could just talk to him. I never imagined life without my baby. im so angry.

The couple also maintained a vlog together.

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