Who is Duke Deuce? Memphis rapper runs as shots fired while on Facebook Live
The Memphis native could be seen saying, 'Come outside and f*** with me, Peppertree', seconds before shots are heard
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: Rap artist Patavious Lashun Isom, 29, who is more famous through his stage name Duke Deuce, was reportedly shot at. As per a report in The Sun, the incident was captured on camera as he filmed himself on Facebook Live on Monday, September 13.
The clip was shared on YouTube by others. In it, the Memphis native could be seen saying, "Come outside and f*** with me, Peppertree," seconds before shots are heard. "Peppertree, what's poppin?," the rapper asked at the beginning of the clip, likely referring to Pepper Tree Apartments in the city.
Incidentally, earlier this year in July, a child was shot at Pepper Tree Apartments. An adult was also hit by the gunfire, police said. Authorities said at the time that while the child was in non-critical condition, the adult was critically injured.
In the Facebook Live video, Isom could be seen saying, "We ain't on none of that bougie, none of that Hollywood sh**," as the shots started to ring. As the multiple shots appeared to be getting closer, the rapper started running for cover. It is yet unclear if Isom was hurt but so far nothing has been reported to indicate that.
Who is Duke Deuce?
As per a profile of the rapper in XXL Magazine, Isom, best known for his song ‘Crunk Ain't Dead’, was “literally born into hip-hop” -- his father is Duke Nitty, a Memphis-based rapper/producer. As a child, the profile said, Isom shared a room with his father, which doubled as a studio.
He reportedly started playing with a beat pad when he was five. In 2017, his song ‘Whole Lotta’ became a hit and landed him in the spotlight. Following that, Atlanta-based dancer SheLovesMeechie made a video to the song, causing it to blow up further. It was reportedly because of that video, Offset found out about the rapper. Soon enough, he was signing with Quality Control Music, whose roster includes names as big as Migos, Lil Baby, and Lil Yachty.
The rapper grew up listening to his dad’s work, and artists like Three 6 Mafia, Playa Fly, Skinny Pimp, Pretty Tony, “pretty much all the legendary artists from Memphis,” he told XXL Magazine. These artists definitely had an influence on his work. "They compare me a lot to Three 6 Mafia, they compare me a lot to Project Pat, they compare me a lot to Memphis,” he said. “They compare me to Lil Jon because I'm crunk -- that’s Memphis, the original. They compare me to Peewee Longway because of the triplet flow. That comes from Memphis too, that comes from Lord Infamous. No disrespect to my boys [Migos], they bought it back in they own way though.”
Speaking about his work, Isom said, “My s*** is authentic, my s*** is original. I got everything you want -- versatility, I got the singing the melody s***, I got the crunk s***, I got the smooth s***, I got the pimpin’ s***, I got every f***in' music genre you can ever think of. Plus I know how to motherf***in' move and I'm fat. I'm smooth than a motherf***a, You can't miss it, you can't look past me, it’s over wit'. Stop playin'. And I know how to rap my a** off. And I look like a baby."