New Orleans Bounce rising star Nickey Da B has died.  He was only 24.

 

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Nicky Da B, born Nickesse Toney, was making a name for himself on the famous New Orleans Bounce music scene.  His classic booty poppin sound was contagious.  Following the ranks of those who paved the way of the Sissy's doing Bounce culture like, Katey RedBig FreediaSissy Nobby and others, Nicky was truly a rising star.  Best known for hits "Express Yourself", "Go loko" and "Hot Potato Style", Nickey Da B was instrumental in helping to keep the Nola Bounce culture at the forefront.

According to BET, the young stars manager/DJ Rusty Lazer confirmed he died Tuesday (Sept. 2nd) from complications related to an unnamed illness.  Rusty wrote on his Facebook page,

"There are no words to express the loss all of us who knew Nicky Da B are feeling right now.  Thank you all for the kind messages and thoughts. Though his death is tragic he would love nothing more than to be remembered for having brought smiles and joy to people he worked with, performed for and called his friends. He was well loved and one of the brightest artists I've ever known.

"Keep his family in your thoughts as we make plans to honor his life and make sure his legacy is meaningful and fitting for a talent like his," he wrote. "... I loved that kid, and the world is a little darker without him."

Nicky Da B partnered with Rusty in 2011 and quickly became a rising star with the release of "Hot Potato Style" and a feature on Diplo's 2012 hit "Express Yourself."  Nicky was actually working on new music and recently released the track, "Freaky B----es,"

Times-Picayune reports upon hearing of Nicky's death Big Freedia released the following statement, "We're saddened by his loss. The Bounce community will miss him.  He was a phenomenal new sound for us, and he would have been going places."

Our deepest condolences to Nicky's family, friends and the entire Nola Bounce community.  Though gone to soon, Nicky Da B will never be forgotten as his legacy lives on through his music. R.I.P.