A lot has been written in the past week about the untimely and tragic death of Quincy Antwain Blue, the 30-year-old man whose body was found charred in a St. Paul alley and whose violent death has yet to be explained. But what many don't realize about Blue is that he's also been an integral part of the Twin Cities hip-hop scene since he was a teenager, going back to the mid-'90s when he helped to form the rap group Kanser, then called Kanser Troupe.
Musicians from throughout Blue's lifetime and career have stepped forward on both Facebook and Twitter to offer their condolences and shed some light on Blue's career (he rapped under the moniker B.C. for "Brown Child").
"The rap group Kanser music that I have been in for 16 years was started at Mathews Park in the summer of '95 by four kids, Itoro, Anton, Simpson and Quincy," Zach Comb posted recently to his Facebook page. "15 minutes after coming up with the name they came to my house and made me the fifth member."
Rapper Crescent Moon, a.k.a. Alexei Moon Casselle of Kill the Vultures and Roma di Luna also remembers Blue's early years as an MC from when they attended South High together in Minneapolis. "I remember him being such a positive dude, great smile," he wrote recently. "He was easily one of the first dudes I met in school that also rapped (he was way better than me) that always encouraged me to keep at it. That ain't easy to find at that age and especially in the hip hop culture we were somehow connected to... I completely lost touch with him after high school but he was one of those people that I would wonder how he was doing every now and then."
"I mostly knew Quincy as Brown Child back in the day," adds Toki Wright. "He was an aspiring rapper that was one of the first people I knew to have a complete album when a lot of people were talking about trying to make music."
Here are some of the other thoughts and memories that have been posted to Twitter by Blue's friends new and old: