Trouble, Atlanta Rapper, Shot Dead at 34
Atlanta rapper Trouble, also known as Skoob, has died. The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to WSB-TV Atlanta that Orr was shot early Sunday morning at an apartment complex in Conyers, Georgia. He was 34 years old.
His label Def Jam confirmed the news of his death in an Instagram post earlier today (June 5). “Our thoughts and prayers are with the children, loved ones, and fans of Trouble,” Def Jam wrote. “A true voice for his city and an inspiration to the community he proudly represented. RIP Scoob.”
Trouble was born Mariel Semonte Orr in Atlanta on November 4, 1987. He grew up in the East Atlanta neighborhood of Edgewood, and began rapping at the age of 14, inspired by legends like Tupac and DMX. Local rapper and entrepreneur Big Bank Black eventually signed Trouble to Duct Tape Entertainment—the label that would release and co-release the majority of his catalog.
In 2011, Trouble issued his breakout hit “Bussin,’” which appeared on his debut mixtape December 17th. The single’s music video featured a 23-year-old Trouble, surrounded by stone-faced men toting guns. “Bussin’” received a remix by Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka, and Trae Tha Truth, shortly after. Following the success of the track, Trouble appeared on cuts with Atlanta superstars like Young Thug (“Thief in the Night”) and Gucci Mane (“Everyday” and “You Don’t Deserve Dat”).
On his next release Green Light—also issued in 2011—Trouble expanded his network of collaborators, working with Lex Luger, Yo Gotti, Zaytoven, and several other MCs and producers. In the following years, the rapper issued a handful of projects, such as 431 Days, The Return of December 17th (which includes the Pusha T collaboration “Thank U Lord”), All On Me, and more.
In 2016, Trouble released the feature-packed Skoobzilla; the release boasts appeances from Young Thug, Quavo, Nard & B, Zaytoven, Fetty Wap, and others. The subsequent Year in 2016 mixtape included many of the same collaborators. Trouble’s final two albums—Edgewood and Thug Luv—arrived in 2018 and 2020, respectively. The two LPs marked Trouble’s first releases on major labels; Edgewood was issued by Ear Drummer/Interscope, while Thug Luv was his debut for Def Jam. Edgewood was produced entirely by Mike WILL Made-It. The record included Trouble’s Weeknd collaboration “Come Thru” as well as “Bring It Back,” featuring Drake.
In a 2018 interview with The Fader, Trouble reflected on his community: “We all come from the same shit, just on different sides,” he said. “At the end of the day, a lot of folks, all they need is just a little help advancing. I know you can’t help the whole world in one moment, but you can take steps to try to.”
Since the news of Trouble’s death surfaced, fellow artists such as Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, Earl Sweatshirt, Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, T.I., and others have paid tribute to the late rapper on social media.