Legendary New Orleans Bounce Rapper 5th Ward Weebie Dies

January 09, 2020

By JONATHAN BERRY (WTDN) - The legendary New Orleans bounce rapper 5th Ward Weebie died Thursday. He was 42.

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Weebie, who's real name is Jermone Cosey, has a rap career that spanned from his own local standards "Let Me Find Out" and "F*** Katrina" to a cameo appearance on Drake’s 2018 hit “Nice for What.”  The artist reportedly underwent surgery for a ruptured artery and then died of related complications while still hospitalized.

“It broke my heart to learn that Jerome Cosey — our 5th Ward Weebie — has passed," New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement via Twitter that included one of his song titles. "'Let me find out' you didn't know who he was. He was an iconic personality, a New Orleans legend, and a beloved friend. He was the Bounce King, who showed us how to move, how to love, and how to bring passion and humanity to everything we do. New Orleans has lost a cornerstone of our culture. Our city will not be the same without his voice and his spirit.”

Nola.com reports that in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cosey scored a regional hit with the bluntly titled “F*** Katrina,” a rallying cry for those affected by the storm, including himself. The song was used in a first-season episode of the HBO series "Treme."  He also collaborated with Lil Wayne on the single “Bend It Ova” and rap duo Partners-N-Crime’s 2009 regional hit “So Attracted.” Years later, he could still be found performing "So Attracted" with Partners-N-Crime at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and in local clubs.  In subsequent years, he released less music under his name while working behind the scenes as a promoter. But he jumped back into music in a big way with his humorous 2014 hit “Let Me Find Out” and its equally uproarious, rump-shaking video. With its old-school bounce beats, sing-song cadence and string of clever, good-natured put-downs, “Let Me Find Out” received heavy airplay on WQUE 93.3, New Orleans' dominant urban radio station.  Its popularity spread beyond the city as the likes of Snoop Dogg and the Roots’ Questlove subsequently proclaimed themselves 5th Ward Weebie fans.

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Rapper Hot Boy Ronald asked for prayers for Weebie on Instagram yesterday. He updated fans on his health by saying “he had a successful surgery… and his blood is flowing through his body [well] and all vitals are on point. What we need are his kidneys to drain fluid from his body. This is why we are praying.”  A mere five days before Weebie died, he was showing off his new sneakers and performing his famous dances moves alongside his son on Instagram.



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