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Police investigating shooting death of a Twin Cities rapper

The up-and-comer died Saturday at the age of 24.

The Twin Cities hip-hop community is mourning the death of Dwante Benson, a rap artist who went by the stage name Poppy Loco. 

Benson, 24, was shot in Minneapolis last Tuesday, and died over the weekend at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to an autopsy report. 

Little is known about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, though the medical examiner says the rapper's death is being investigated as a homicide.

City Pages described Benson as a "promising voice" in the local hip hop scene, saying he'd spent the last few years "making a name for himself in Twin Cities street rap."

The paper notes that his songs, especially "The Number 1 Gunna" (which has over 166,000 views on Youtube), drew attention for lyrics containing "explicit disses of local gangs and their members."

The video below features an in-depth interview with Benson about his life and music (contains some NSFW language):

According to the interview, which was conducted by MinnesotaColdTv (a YouTube channel that hosts several Poppy Loco music videos), Benson was born in Chicago and moved to Minnesota at the age of 1. 

He had seven children. 

According to his Facebook page, he attended Harding Senior High School in St. Paul. 

The Star Tribune says Benson will be remembered at a memorial service at Burnsville Masjid on Wednesday night.

The rapper's sister tells the paper he was a devout Muslim. 

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