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Slain rapper Lor Scoota aimed to break out of Baltimore with lyrics that reflected city reality

Slain rapper Lor Scoota aimed to break out of Baltimore with lyrics that reflected city reality

Growing up in West Baltimore, Tyriece Watson used to stay up late, working on rhymes and filling notebooks with lyrics. His older brother showed him how to record over old cassette tapes.

While Watson was close with his mother, he didn't share his music with her — until she popped a favorite Patti LaBelle cassette into a player and out came the rapping of the boy who, as Lor Scoota, would become one of Baltimore's best-known hip-hop artists.

With his heavy-lidded eyes and a style that was by turns intense and vulnerable, the slender Lor Scoota, 23, had begun to attract attention beyond Baltimore. Then, on June 25, he was gunned down as he drove from a charity...

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