Influential Canadian Rapper Violently Murdered

By Lora Neng
February 14, 2011

Hip hop artist Paul Frappier was the seventh homicide victim of 2011 in Montreal. He was known to fans as Bad News Brown, sporting a harmonica and starting his musical career busking on the metro before rising to open for acts such as Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and 50 Cent, then eventually filling his own stadium.

Police showed up at the house of Frappier’s girlfriend shortly after he left the building to announce their recovery of his brutalized body near the Lachine Canal. Though they would not publicly confirm his identity, family members have come forward with the news of his death. They were in disbelief of his fate because of a good reception within the community.

Frappier was adopted from Haiti at the age of 10 and became a motivational speaker for troubled youth. He had just finished production in a film with Michel Jette, soon to be released as Bumrush, and was viewed to be on the verge of a breakthrough.

A fellow rapper testified, “He had a big impact on Montreal hip hop and he was a positive influence on me. When I was a street kid he told me to stay away from the streets. That guy was no trouble at all,” continued MC Nikkie, who had known Bad News Brown for over 15 years. “Then he got popular and he was prosperous. And when he prospered, we all prospered.”

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