Who is MO3? Dallas rapper shot and killed by unidentified man after foot chase on interstate highway
The suspect got out of a vehicle armed with a gun and began approaching the rapper’s vehicle. Following this, he also got out of his vehicle and began running before the suspect fired multiple rounds
DALLAS, TEXAS: On Wednesday, November 11, Dallas-based rapper Melvin Noble, known popularly as MO3, died after being shot by a suspect who chased him on foot on I-35E, the eastern half of the I-35 interstate highway, which splits to serve the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. The police, talking to the media, said that the victim was traveling on the northbound I-35E at Clarendon Drive just before 12 p.m.
As per cops, the suspect got out of a vehicle armed with a gun and began approaching the victim’s vehicle. Following this, Noble also reportedly got out of his vehicle and began running southbound on the freeway. The unknown suspect chased him and fired multiple rounds at him, striking Noble at least once. According to the police, an unnamed innocent bystander, who was inside his vehicle during the altercation, was also struck by the gunfire.
Both victims were taken to a hospital, where Noble was reportedly pronounced dead. The other victim, as per the police, was treated for apparent non-life-threatening injuries. Graphic videos (that are yet to be confirmed of this incident) have been circulating online show a man lying on his back while another person performs CPR on him. According to a CBS report, no arrests have been made at the time of writing this.
Who is MO3?
Signed to Boosie Badazz’ label, Noble is a Dallas native who received much acclaim for his songs and lyrics that talk about real-life experiences, and the obstacles he has faced -- which are many. His big break came in 2015 when he released his album ‘Rain’, which was critically acclaimed.
At the time of the album’s release, Noble had said, “I tell the truth in my music. I’m not talking about standing in the trap and whippin’ foreign cars or having designer this, designer that. No, I’m talking about how my mom couldn’t pay her bills and when we didn’t have anywhere to sleep and stayed eating noodles every day.”
Earlier this year, during an interview, Noble said, “I'm trying to give a message. I ain't trying to rap to make it sound good, I want you to feel it. Of course, it has to sound good. That's the only way they’re going to listen. If it sounds good and you’re talking about something, you don't just get them to listen -- you give them a follow. There's a difference from listening to following. I could listen to you but if somebody follows you, they’re going to do more than listen to you.”
A father to three children, Noble described himself as a “gang member turned rapper.” But gang violence was not all of it. Noble was reportedly homeless for a while. After an old photo of him with his t-shirt around his legs and sleeping on a bus started making the rounds on the internet in April 2019, Noble spoke extensively about that part of his past. He also said that he wanted people to use those photos of him sleeping on a bus as "motivation" to do better in life.
Noble reportedly had “beefs” with other rappers in Houston, namely Yella Beezy and Trapboy Freddy. Last year in December, Noble was shot. Right after the incident, he went live on Instagram to share that he was shot in the hand and possibly in the back of his head. He then told his fans that he was doing good.