The hip-hop artist, who was born Byron Gilbert, was shot on Friday night, February 7 as he and a 25-year-old friend walked toward a vehicle on West McNichols Road near Wyoming.
Detroit hip-hop artist DJ Slick B was killed after a robbery gone wrong on Friday, February 7. The prominent local DJ was with another man around 7:25 P.M. local time when a suspect attempted to rob them at gunpoint on the city’s west side.
Detroit police say Slick B, who was born Byron Gilbert, and his 25-year-old friend were walking toward a car which belonged to one of them in the 10100 block of West McNichols Road, at the corner of Ilene Street when two men approached them.
In a surveillance video released by police, two men believed to be the suspects were seen entering a car. Police believe they emerged from inside the vehicle and fired shots to the 28-year-old DJ and his friend, and later robbed one of them. The suspects fled south on Ilene Street in a dark-colored SUV, according to police.
Slick B was fatally wounded. He was pronounced dead at Sinai Grace Hospital later that night. The other victim suffered a non-fatal injury.
The local music community is mourning the death of the Detroit music legend. “Everybody’s hurt. Everybody’s torn. This isn’t easy,” said music colleague and friend Matthew Clark. “Violence don’t solve anything,” radio personality Dr. Darrius added. “Not only did you rob a man and his family, but you robbed a city of hopes and dreams we had.”
Bill Black, Director of Urban Programming for iHeartMedia Detroit and a friend of Slick B’s, explained why he was considered a pioneer, “Byron had ‘it.’ And I can’t really tell you what ‘it’ is but I know it when it see it and he had that thing.”
Jade Renee, CEO of Luxx Media Group, released a statement on his death. “Byron was a phenomenal person, a family man, a DJ, a friend to us, a loved one to many and an all around pure motivation for our city of Detroit,” it read. “All he ever wanted to do was put on for Detroit in the most positive, authentic way. It’s a complete tragedy and heartbreak that this unfortunate event occurred. This is truly a hard loss for us all. My prayers and condolences go out to his family, his children and the entire city of Detroit that is grieving during this sensitive time. We love you forever DJ Slick B.”
A tribute event is scheduled for Sunday night at The Annex in downtown Detroit, where Slick B was a resident DJ.
Police are still investigating the shooting and looking to track down the suspects.