Big Mota, a Memphis-based rapper known for his passionate lyrics and distinct style, was shot and killed in a terrible incident on the night of October 26, 2023, shocking the hip-hop scene and his hometown. What we know about his life, career, and death is as follows:
Who was Big Mota?
Demario Bailey, aka Big Mota, was a rising talent in the Memphis rap scene. He began rapping when he was 15 years old and released his first mixtape, “Live from the Trap,” in 2015.
He rose to prominence with songs like “100 Rounds,” “Fed Up,” and “No More.” He was also renowned for working with other Memphis musicians such as Young Dolph, Moneybagg Yo, and Blac Youngsta. Young Dolph, the founder of the independent label Paper Route Empire, signed him.
What happened to Big Mota?
According to multiple conceptions, Big Mota was involved in a gunshot in Memphis’ Oakhaven neighborhood at 9 p.m. local time on Thursday, October 26, 2023.
The Memphis Police Department reported that they attended to a gunshot in the area and discovered two victims, one of whom died at the scene, and the other was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Big Mota, the deceased victim, was later identified, and the injured person was reportedly his cousin.
The facts surrounding the shooting remain unknown, but some sources say that Big Mota was attempting to flee from someone who was following him, and his automobile collided with a semi-truck before being shot. The police have not revealed anything about the culprit or the reason for the shooting. The probe is still going on.
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Big Mota Career
Big Mota had a successful music career, leaving an indelible mark on the Memphis rap scene. He gained to notoriety with his mixtape “Mota This, Mota That!” and has since collaborated with well-known musicians such as Snootie Wild, Kevin Gates, and Trey Dizzle.
His distinct musical approach and natural talent set him apart, connecting with fans and cementing him as a key figure in the hip-hop genre. One watershed event in his career occurred in 2016, when he was accused of stealing rapper Shy Glizzy’s chain.
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In retaliation, he recorded a diss single, which not only protected his reputation but also catapulted him into the spotlight. Big Mota has amassed over 72,300 Instagram followers, demonstrating the growing popularity of his songs and the interest in his career. His contributions to rap music were internationally acknowledged, and he became identified with the Memphis rap movement.
How did the rap community react to Big Mota’s death?
Big Mota’s death sent shockwaves through the rap community, especially in Memphis, where he was well-respected and loved by his peers and fans. Many of his fellow rappers and friends took to social media to express their grief and pay tribute to him. Some of the messages are as follows:
Young Dolph: “RIP BIG MOTA. U WAS A REAL ONE. U WAS MY BROTHER. U WAS A LEGEND. I LOVE U AND I MISS U. PAPER ROUTE 4 LIFE.”
Moneybagg Yo: “I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS. BIG MOTA GONE TOO SOON. HE WAS A TALENTED ARTIST AND A LOYAL FRIEND. HE ALWAYS HAD MY BACK. PRAYERS UP FOR HIS FAMILY AND HIS TEAM. REST EASY BRO.”
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